BY: YAMNA NAZIR
University of Karachi
Labour’s Day is a public holiday in Pakistan that is pronounced by rallies, marches, cavalcade, workers union sessions and street demonstrations. It is also sometimes known as MAY DAY and is annually held on 1st May.
Labour’s Day is an annual holiday, which celebrates the achievements of workers. The day has its origins in the labour union movement, especially the eight-hour day movement, which advocate eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for relaxation.
Pakistan’s first labour policy was devised in 1972, in which 1st May was declared as an official holiday. This policy also contrive the creation of Social Security Network, Old Age Benefit Schemes and Workers Welfare Fund. Pakistan’s contribution also accommodate various rights and integrity about labour.
Pakistan also became a comrade of the International Labour’s Organization (ILO) just after its independence in 1947. The ILO is a specialized agency of UN which look after the social justice, universally acknowledged human and social rights.
Labour’s Day is just not a day to celebrate, but teaches us the tough grind and uphill battles. This day is not regulated only for the porters but also for other workers who are permitted in different social departments. But nowadays, different policies are regulating that only the educated ones or higher post workers are treated as a Labourer, and actually the needed ones still work on this day.
It will only be solved and improved when we do something for them. For their better future, for their rights, we should have to contribute to those organizations who take steps forward.
Martin Luther King, also contributed to this cause as;
“All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”