Today (Saturday) is International Labour Day, which honours workers’ tireless efforts and sacrifices around the world and encourages them to be aware of their rights.
Every year on May 1st, the United States celebrates Labor Day. The holiday has its roots in the labour movement and is observed in countries such as India, Cuba, and China.
In their separate messages, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr. Arif Alvi reaffirmed their commitment to the defence of workers’ rights and welfare.
They have reaffirmed the government’s dedication to improving workers’ working and living conditions, as well as providing housing and educational opportunities.
In his post, the President urged Pakistani workers to step forward and play a part in making the country a sign of change.
We reaffirm our commitment to continue our efforts for the dignity of labour on this day, and we honour their noble and courageous struggle for their fundamental rights,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that because workers play such an important role in a country’s economic growth, his government is committed to ensuring that the country profits from economic progress.
He said, “The day also provides us with an opportunity to recognise the invaluable sacrifices of our labour.”
He also mentioned that the government intends to establish automated, integrated structures for workers’ welfare institutions in order to provide relief to them.
“Our Government is well aware of the challenges COVID-19 poses, and our strategy of striking a balance between lives and livelihoods is aimed at ensuring that the work force has enough income to support their families during the pandemic,” Imran Khan added.
History Of Labour Day
The first May Day celebrations centred on workers took place on May 1st 1890, following the declaration of the “Workers Day of International Unity and Solidarity” by the first international congress of socialist parties in Europe on July 14th 1889 in Paris, France.
Because of events on the other side of the Atlantic, the date was selected. The American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday in 1884, which was to take effect on May 1, 1886. This led to a general strike and the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, as well as the official approval of the eight-hour workday.
Significance Of Labour Day
The roots of Labour Day can be traced back to the labour movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocates for eight hours of work, eight hours of leisure, and eight hours of rest. May Day has long been a focal point for numerous socialist, communist, and anarchist organisations. In countries including the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba, and the former Soviet Union, it is a significant official holiday.
In these countries, the festivities usually include elaborate popular and military parades. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union held massive military parades in Red Square, which were attended by the Kremlin’s top leaders, especially the Politburo, atop Lenin’s Tomb. It became a timeless icon of the age.
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