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People march with flags during a May Day demonstration organised by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and other left wing parties in Bengaluru, India, 1 May, 2018

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In Photos: Rallies Apart, It’s Business as Usual on Labour Day

Although May Day is marked as a holiday in many countries, several workers went about their jobs like usual.

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Tuesday, 1 May, is celebrated as International Labour Day worldwide, and workers and activists marked the day with rallies to demand that their government address labour issues.

Also known as May Day, 1 May is a public holiday in many countries, though activities are restricted in some places, sometimes leading to confrontations.

In India, labour councils and trade unions across the country took out rallies in protest the government’s policies.

Meanwhile, several others went about work like they would on any other day, to earn their daily bread and butter.

In Moscow, more than 1,00,000 people came out on the streets of Moscow to march in the traditional May Day parade.

Moscow's Federation of Trade Unions said about 120,000 people marched from the Red Square on the main streets of the Russian capital to mark May Day.

Meanwhile, in Philippines, about 5,000 people from various groups rallied near the presidential palace in Manila to protest the failure of President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill a major campaign promise to end contractualisation, the widespread practice of short-term employment.

In Camboida, about 2,000 garment workers gathered at a park in the capital, Phnom Penh, for a rally organised by a garment union coalition.

The workers wanted to march to the National Assembly to urge lawmakers to help them address labour-related concerns, but the group was stopped by riot police.

In Austria, labour unions, in tandem with the Austrian Social Democrats, SPOE, marked the day by organising rallies.

(With inputs from AP.)

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