Creations are traditionally burned on the eve of the working holiday, and in some places they are accompanied by events and shows. The working holiday is an opportunity to warn about the situation of workers and their rights – trade union representatives spoke before the fire started in Rožnik, in Ljubljana. In this year's speeches, they touched on the issue of working time.
In Slovenia, bonfires are lit on the eve of the holiday, while at the same time an opportunity to draw attention to the situation of workers, their rights and things that are not regulated in this regard.
One of the largest meetings is held every year in Rožnik, organized by trade unions this year. Before the start of the fire, at 10 pm, the meeting was also addressed by union representatives who addressed the issue of working time.
The working holiday is dedicated to the memory of the bloody demonstrations in Chicago in 1886, known as the Haymarket Incident. The workers demanded an eight-hour work day, but the police crushed their demonstrations.
According to the president of the Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (ZSSS) Lidija Jerkič However, the 888 formula has yet to be applied, which means eight hours of work, eight hours of free time and eight hours of rest in all workplaces. She noted that despite the fact that 130 years have passed since the first victims due to work hours, little has changed in this area. "After the number of hours worked, the worker actually shrank but recently expanded into every pore of our lives. We work harder than the law, we do not adhere to the limitation of overtime, we also work at the end of the week and during the holidays"she warned.
According to her, the time has come when we need to assess where this workload is leading. She struggled to consider the possible shortening of working time, but at the same time called for an effective inspection to observe the prescribed duration of the work.
President Pergam Jakob Počivavšek he also warned about the work. "Some are forced to work longer to improve their wages, but we must not forget people who work, often forced to work longer, because they have no legal protection, which they can refer to,"he warned.
He also highlighted the issue of expanding work activity, which will be difficult to ensure if employees are continually performing overtime because they will be exhausted. In addition to Jerkičeva, he also pointed to modern technologies that allow continuous connection, thus eliminating the boundary between work and leisure time.
That the exploitation and violation of workers' rights "They do not belong in our time", the Labor Minister stressed in his letter before May 1 Ksenija Klampfer. "Therefore, on this first May work holiday, when we remember historical events and all those who have received labor rights, I urge all employers to respect the rights of workers and workers, pay and reward and create business culture and mutual relations."his words were summed up in the ministry.
Krese in Slovenia is usually organized by unions or municipalities, while smaller celebrations are organized by local organizations or villagers.