Following the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, 1 May was inaugurated as an official national public holiday. Known as International Workers’ Day (also as May Day), the holiday is widely celebrated.

This public holiday is a testimony to the hard battles that workers of this country and in other parts of the globe have waged for workers' rights and social justice over many decades.

It is also a reminder of the many challenges that still confront working people and the poor in South Africa - and which remain obstacles to sustainable human development among all developing nations.

The South African working class has been at the forefront of the struggle for a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, prosperous and a united nation. It has understood and consistently maintained that workplace struggles cannot be separated from broader social struggles; that economic justice and equality cannot be achieved without national liberation. And it has argued that these struggles cannot be separated from the struggle for gender equality and, specifically, women's emancipation. This included the need to establish a culture of human and worker rights which are enshrined in international law and the national law of the countries aligned to the International Labour Organisation, of which South Africa is a member.

The PSCBC through its core mission of “promoting sound labour relations through collective bargaining and dispute management both locally and internationally” continuously strives to ensure that the interests of South Africa’s Public servants are always well taken care of and as we commemorate this momentous day with the rest of the world, let us not forget the many sacrifices that were made by trade unions and other allies to ensure that the man on the ground is never forgotten. The PSCBC would like to convey its appreciation to the many public servant all across South Africa who ensure that our country continues to be a thriving developing economy. The PSCBC uphold its support of and also wishes all South Africans a happy Workers day.

Contact the PSCBC

012 644 8100
012 664 5834

Physical Address

Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council
Building B&BD
260 Basden Avenue
Lyttelton 0176