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Message from Mr. Asif Ali Zardari President of Pakistan On the occasion of Labour Day 1st May, 2012

Islamabad: May first of each year is the day of special significance for the Government as well as for Pakistan People’s Party as it is on this day that we revive our pledge to uphold the rights of the laborers and the working class and to never abandon them in their struggle for their rights—the right to have decent work, dignity, honour and, last but not the least, a rightful place in society.

Both Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto struggled for the rights of the laborer and working class. Not only that the PPP derives its strength from the workers of Pakistan, we firmly believe that it is the labour and working class which is the backbone of any society and all claims of development remain meaningless until this vulnerable class is emancipated and rehabilitated.

The present Government, following the footsteps of its great visionary leaders, has also taken some important practical steps to improve the conditions of the workers to guarantee them their dignity and rightful place in the society.

Promulgation of Industrial Relations Act, 2012, reinstatement of the sacked employees, regularization of contract and daily wage earners, empowering the workers to seek legal remedies against any unlawful dismissals and restoration of trade union activities are some of the important milestones achieved by the Government while fulfilling the promise that we made to our labour class.

It is a matter of great satisfaction that a special scheme the Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme has been launched by the Government for the welfare of the workers. The scheme which is offering 12% stock shares to workers in the state-owned enterprises, has benefited five hundred thousand families. For the first time, workers have been made part of the national production process through ownership.

These, no doubt, are remarkable steps reflecting the Government’s sincere efforts in improving the condition of the working class and protecting them from exploitation but the journey is not over yet. It will continue till the time our workers secure their rightful place in the society and are fully protected through social, economic and political measures against all kinds of exploitation.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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