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Penticton's May Day celebrations set for Saturday

South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council hosting event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gyro Park

A worker’s right to refuse unsafe work is among the issues the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council will highlight at this year’s May Day event.

International Workers Day is recognized every May 1 as a day for workers to celebrate what they’ve gained over the years, including eight-hour work days, paid vacations and employment insurance, among other things.

“We also know that these basic workers’ rights are not generally enjoyed by all workers,” SOBLC president Brent Voss said in a press release. “And unfortunately, too many workers do not know that they have the right to refuse unsafe work.”

That and more will come up at the council’s May Day celebration planned for Saturday at Gyro Park in Penticton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The event will feature local musicians, activities for the kids and guest speakers for the grown-ups. Local elected officials have also been invited.


It marks the third annual May Day celebration hosted by the SOBLC, which is affiliated with 20 local unions that have a combined membership of 4,300 people.