Rallies, seminars, public meetings held across Sindh to mark Labour DayArchive
HYDERABAD: Various organisations working for labourers along with political parties organised seminars and meetings and took out rallies across the province on Monday to mark International Labour Day and pay homage to the workers who laid down their lives during the struggle for their rights in Chicago in 1886.
In Hyderabad, activists of All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union, All Pakistan Clerks Association, Communist Party of Pakistan, Home-Based Women Workers’ Federation, National Trade Union Federation, Pasban, Peoples Labour Bureau, Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign, Nadra Employees Union Sindh, Pakistan Workers Federation Interior Sindh Region, PPP-Shaheed Bhutto, Regional Directorate of Labour, Sindh Tamirati Mazdoor Union, Sindh Sugar Mills Workers’ Federation, Red Workers’ Front, International Marxist Tendency and other organisations took out separate rallies to mark the day. All the rallies terminated at the press club.
Sindh Employees Social Security Institution organised a programme in Jamshoro and Awami Jamhoori Party leader Abrar Kazi delivered a lecture on national economy to shed light on the significance of the day.
The labour leaders paid homage to the workers of Chicago and appealed to both the federal and provincial governments to implement labour laws in letter and spirit to better the lot of workers.
They demanded raise in workers’ wages commensurate with rising inflation, provision of all basic utilities and free-of-cost medical facilities. The government should establish labour courts in each district to resolve workers’ issues and ratify and implement International Labour Organisation Convention C177 on home-based workers, they said.
SUKKUR: Activists of PPP, PML-N, Wapda union, municipal workers’ union, irrigation department workers’ union, Railways workers’ union and Sui gas workers’ union took out rallies and organised gatherings in Sukkur, Jacobabad and adjoining towns to mark Labour Day.
At a gathering in Jacobabad, PPP leaders said that labourers were the backbone of national economy and asked the prime minister to fulfil the promises he had made before elections about ending electricity loadshedding. The party would organise a massive protest against PML-N government on May 6, they said.
In Sukkur, activists of Wapda workers’ union, municipal workers’ union, irrigation workers’ union, Railways workers’ union and Sui gas workers’ union took out a big rally.
PPP Sukkur city chapter held a programme which was attended by labourers of different organisations. PML-N organised a meeting to mark the day at the residence of the party’s district president while leaders of All Sukkur Small Traders and Cottage Industries and Sukkur Development Alliance expressed solidarity with labourers in their press statements.
MIRPURKHAS: Workers of different departments and organisations took out a rally under the banner of Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign to observe the Labour Day. The rally started from Railway Station Chowk and terminated at the press club where the leaders delivered speeches.
They condemned the government’s privatisation policy, demanded raise in labourers’ wages and urged the government to abolish the ministry of privatisation, nationalise industries, end contract system, regularise jobs of contract employees, curb price hike, end anti-labour laws and withdraw ban on union activities in PIA, Railways etc.
Activists of PPP and its labour wing also took out a rally.
SANGHAR: Activists of National Workers Party, Home-Based Women Workers’ Federation, National Trade Union, Sindh Agriculture General Workers’ Union and STP took out rallies to mark May Day.
All the rallies culminated at the press club where the leaders demanded that minimum wage of a labourer be fixed at Rs25,000 per month and land be distributed among landless peasants.
In Shahdadpur, workers of Progressive Forum and Wapda workers’ union took out a rally.
KHAIRPUR: The Muttahida Mazdoor Federation held a public gathering in Phool Bagh where PPP MNA Nafisa Shah said that labourers be provided their rights under Workers’ Welfare Board, which included education for their children, healthcare and other basic facilities.
At another programme organised by United Labour Federation at Phool Bagh, PPP MNA Nawab Khan Wassan said that PPP was a party of the labourer and the peasant.
NAWABSHAH: Activists of Wapda workers’ union, Mazdoor Ittehad, Paramedical Association, Sarrafa Association and other labour organisations took out rallies and held demonstrations outside the press club to mark Labour Day. The participants of the rallies were holding banners and placards and chanting slogans for the rights of labourers.
DADU: Members of Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign, Sub Engineers Welfare Association and Trade Workers Front Association took out separate rallies to observe the day. All rallies culminated at the press club where speakers demanded raise in labourers’ wages and life insurance for their family members.
BADIN: Activists of PPP, STP, Qaumi Awami Tehreek, Awami Tehreek and labour organisations took out rallies in Badin, Tando Bago, Talhar, Matli and other towns of the district to mark the Labour Day.
Published in Dawn, May 2nd, 2017