PM reaf­firms govt’s pledge to safe­guard labour rights

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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.

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