ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, on occasion of Labour Day today (Wednesday), stressed on the need of protecting the rights of workers.
In their separate messages, both President and the Premier reiterated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government’s stance to meet emerging challenges of globalization.
President Alvi said that Labour day is not only a reminder of the struggle of workers but also highlights of their significance for national growth.
He added that the government will work on improving the socio-economic conditions of workers.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister affirmed that the day gives an opportunity to recognize the valuable contribution being made by the workers.
Labour day is being observed across the world including Pakistan today to highlight sacrifices and rights of labourers.
The theme of this year Labour Day is “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”.
Labour unions will organize seminars, rallies and parades where union leaders will throw light on the importance of Labour Day.
Pakistan’s first labour policy was devised in 1972, in which May 1 was declared an official holiday.
This policy also formulated the creation of the Social Security Network, Old Age Benefit Schemes and Workers Welfare Fund.
Pakistan’s constitution also contains various provisions and articles about labour rights.
The day was first proposed in the late 19th century by trade unionists as the labour movement gained significance. In 1894, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labour Day a national holiday which was signed by President Grover Cleveland. It is celebrated in more than 80 countries around the world.
However, many countries such as the United States and Canada celebrate the day on the first Monday of September. The day will be marked by rallies and processions, labour union sessions and seminars and organised street demonstrations where union leaders and civil society activists will deliver speeches about the history and significance of the day and labour rights and express solidarity with workers from around the world.