Pakistan's President and Prime Minister Highlight Labour Day: Committed to Workers' Welfare and Rights Amidst Economic and Climate Challenges

Today, as the nation observes International Labour Day, the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan addressed the nation, underscoring the importance of workers in shaping the country’s socio-economic landscape. In their messages, both leaders paid tribute to the tireless efforts of the working class, highlighting their significant contributions to the nation's progress and prosperity.

Acknowledging the Workforce's Role:
The President emphasized the pivotal role of workers in various sectors of the economy, from agriculture to industry, and from formal to informal sectors. "The workers of Pakistan," he stated, "have played a commendable role in driving the country's progress, contributing to every sector of the economy." He acknowledged their sacrifices and perseverance in the face of challenges such as inflation, unemployment, and the adverse impacts of climate change.

The Prime Minister echoed this sentiment, acknowledging the labourers’ contributions to the country's development. He emphasized the need to protect the rights of workers, particularly those in hazardous jobs and informal sectors, including domestic workers and agricultural labourers.

Commitment to Workers' Welfare:
Both leaders reiterated their commitment to improving the welfare of Pakistan's working class. The President called for policies to ensure fair wages, safe working conditions, and social protections for labourers, urging both federal and provincial governments to play an active role in safeguarding workers' rights.

The Prime Minister emphasized the government's focus on labour-friendly policies, stating, "We remain steadfast in our commitment to bolstering labour welfare and harmonizing domestic labour legislation with global standards." He announced the upcoming National Tripartite Labour Conference, which will focus on occupational safety and health (OSH) across various sectors, including the mining industry.

Addressing Economic Challenges:
Recognizing the challenges faced by workers, particularly amidst rising inflation and unemployment, both leaders spoke of measures to support the working class. The Prime Minister outlined targeted subsidies and support programs aimed at alleviating the financial burdens on the labour class. Additionally, he highlighted vocational training and skills development programs as key initiatives to empower workers and help them secure employment opportunities both domestically and internationally.

Fair Wages and Safe Working Conditions:
The President and Prime Minister stressed the importance of fair wages and safe working conditions. They called on employers to adopt fair wage practices, provide necessary training and protective equipment, and ensure workplace safety and health amidst climate change challenges. The President also emphasized the need to eliminate exploitative practices and implement social security programs for workers.

Honouring Workers Across All Sectors:
The Prime Minister took time to recognize the contributions of workers across all sectors, including those in the informal sector, who often work in challenging conditions. He also acknowledged the invaluable contributions of women in the workforce, working alongside their male counterparts to support their families.

Looking Ahead:
Both leaders expressed optimism about Pakistan's future, emphasizing the need for continued efforts to protect and empower workers. They urged all sectors of society to work together towards building a nation where every worker is valued, respected, and empowered to thrive.

The President concluded his message with a call for unity in supporting the workforce: "Let us work together to build a Pakistan where every worker is valued, respected, and empowered to thrive. May Almighty Allah guide us in our sincere efforts towards the prosperity of our workers and our country. Pakistan Paindabad!