On May 1, 1886, the workers of the American city of Chicago took to the streets against the exploitation by capitalists and industrialists. Still, the police opened fire on the procession, killing and injuring hundreds of workers, while dozens stood up for their rights. Scores of them were hanged for raising their voice for their rights.
International Workers’ Day is celebrated on May 1st in most countries to express solidarity with the workers of Chicago. May 1st is celebrated every year with a pledge to make rapid efforts to change the economic conditions of workers.
The celebration of Labour Day at the national level in Pakistan started in 1973 during the regime of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The Plight of Labourers in Pakistan
Laborer leaders say that tens of thousands of workers working in the private sector still do not have access to social security including health facilities, and the minimum wage announcement by the government is not being implemented.
They say that legislation cannot be passed in the interest of workers without the representation of workers in the Senate, including the national and provincial assemblies. So all political parties must allocate specific seats for workers.