PM reaffirms govt’s pledge to safeguard labour rights
ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed his Government’s commitment to safeguarding the dignity and status of the labours and workmen.
In his message on the Labour Day being observed across the country and globe on May 1, the Prime Minister extended his glowing tributes to the struggle of labourers and urged them to continue playing their positive role in taking Pakistan forward on its path of peace and prosperity.
He said “Our Government remains committed to the goal of achieving growth, economic expansion, job creation and a higher standard of living for all workers and their families.”
“We believe in granting labours their due social and economic sta- tus as only prosperous and satisfied workforce can enable Pakistan to participate and compete in today’s highly competitive globalized market economy,” he added.
The Prime Minister said May 1 is observed as Labour Day every year to pay tribute to workers worldwide as workforce was extremely significant for the socio-economic development of any country.
He said the committed, hardworking and skilled Pakistanis served as the backbone of national progress and development.
“I regard workers as a special group making significant contributions towards nation building and achieving sustained economic growth for Pakistan,” he noted.
The Prime Minister said that his government was pursuing the agenda of economic revival including mega infrastructure projects of road networks, motorways and power generation projects.
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a huge project which would transform the lives of million people in the region, he said, adding all these projects and others could only be completed with the help of dedicated workforce.
Meanwhile, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid tributes to the tilling and toiling classes of the country for their contribution and struggle and termed them as the backbone of the nation, state, economy and the society.
In his message on International Labour Day, he pointed out that his party derives major support from the tilling and toiling classes.
“PPP’s struggle for the rights of peasants, labour and other working classes is unmatched in the past. Progress, prosperity and justice to these classes are the prime part of our goals and mission,” Bilawal maintained.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the PPP government in Sindh passed Sindh Employees’ Old-Age Benefits (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Sindh Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Bill, 2015 just two days before International Labour Day, which speaks of the height of attachment of the PPP to the Labour class.
He said that the purpose of launching Peoples Labour Bureau (PLB) was to provide an active and energetic forum for the labour and working class to unite and chalkout strategy for a continuous movement for labour rights.—APP
HYDERABAD: Activists of labour unions chanting slogans during a rally to mark International Labour Day on Sunday.