May Day or Labor Day marks the celebration of historic struggle of Working class people throughout the world.
The day is celebrated to pay homage to the struggle that workers gone through to earn their rights, they literally had to fight battles to earn their rights i.e. the battle of eight hour day and Chicago Anarchist.
Just like the other countries in world, Labor Day is celebrated as a public holiday in Pakistan.
Labor Unions conduct seminars, rallies and parades where leaders of different unions deliver speeches, taking a trip down the memory lane to show the importance of this day.
Pakistan’s first Labor policy was formulated in 1972, in which May 1 was announced as an official holiday. This policy ensured the deliverance of rights to the workers, as Pakistani constitution also contain provisions about workers rights.
Pakistan is a country which is still developing, so the Labor here does not get the rights they deserve. Forced Labor, child Labor, minimum wages, absences of facilities, life insurance are few of the major concerns for the Labor of Pakistan, according to the Article 11 “of the Constitution prohibits all forms of slavery, forced Labor and child Labor.”
As a developing country Women are also play a key role in the economy of Pakistan, according to the Article 37(e) “makes provision for securing just and humane conditions of work, ensuring that children and women are not employed in vocations unsuited to their age or sex, and for maternity benefits for women in employment.” The amount of problems women of Pakistan face on daily routine is un-measurable.
Looking at the current scenario, there seems to be absences of rights for the working class, especially in the context of these Articles. The problems seem to be getting stronger as the time passes by. The Government has to make sure that every single organization, industry, businessman follows these laws or they will suffer the consequences.
Every Governmental and Nongovernmental organization remains closed on this day.
By Asim Ahmed Mallick @asim_amallick