Articles (Opinion/Analysis)

South Sudanese, why International Labour Day like this?

By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, 2nd May 2022

This year’s International Workers Day/International Labour Day/May Day being Sunday did not stop many of the usual Countries from marking the day, both as a public holiday and an event where authorities and officials sought to address or voice concerns regarding conditions of workers, wages, and so many related issues.

In South Sudan, though, that’s not the same, despite that so many of the concerns expressed also do relate to workers in the Country.

There is also no coverage of the International Labour Day and related concerns of workers in South Sudan on mainstream local (South Sudanese) media or at least those ones I checked.

Conversations, mostly on social media, are only related to the The Public Announcement from the Ministry of Labour that surfaced online  last week informing Civil Service Institutions; Commissions; Diplomatic Missions; International and National Non-Governmental Organizations and the Public that Sunday 1st May is a Public Holiday (International Labour Day); also that Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th is Eid El Fitr Holiday, and that work will resume on Thursday May 5th.

Why would authorities and officials not seek to address or voice concerns regarding conditions of workers, wages, and so many related issues in South Sudan, on a day like the International Labour Day? Structural/Organizational and or ideological issues/differences?

Roger Alfred Yoron Modi, a South Sudanese journalist, is the author of the book Freedom of Expression and Media Laws in South Sudan.  He is also the Producer and Host of The Weekly Review: Making Sense of Relevant Topics and News. For more, keep in touch with this his website

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