Friday, September 1, 2017, is Ri-Jerbal Day (Worker’s Day).
Labor Day is a public holiday in Marshall Islands.
Rijerbal Day (Worker’s Day) is the Labor Day in Marshall Islands. This day falls under one of the most important Holidays of Marshall Islands. Labor Day is a public holiday held on the first Friday in September.
The three social classes in the Marshalls are the iroij (chief), the alap (owner or elder) and rijerbal (worker or commoner). Every family in the Marshall Islands belongs to one of these classes and therefore has ownership or use of land rights somewhere in the islands. Although a families may be an iroij or alap in one or more islands and they maybe a rijerbal on other islands as well.
The Marshall Islands joined the International Labor Organization in 2007. This means that its labor laws will have to comply with international labor standards. This will no doubt impact labor practices in the islands.
Rijerbal Day honors the workers (Rijerbal) of the Marshall Islands. The Rijerbal is one of the three social classes in the Marshall Islands. The rijerbals are mostly responsible for all daily manual labor in the land.