International Workers Day, also known as Labour Day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes and occurs every year on May 1. The day came into being as a result of the 19th-century labour movement for worker’s rights and their call for an eight-hour workday in the United States.
The date was chosen in 1889 by the Marxist International Socialist Congress, which met in Paris. It is a national, public holiday in many countries across the world. Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September in United States and Canada.
In his message on the International Labour Day, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government was fully aware of the challenges the pandemic had been posing for workers, particularly the daily wagers and lauded their commitment and bravery.
“The government also aims to develop automated, integrated systems for workers’ welfare institutions to ensure transparency and curtail delays in providing relief to the workers,” he said. The government’s “Mazdoor ka Ehsaas” programme is specially designed to cater to the needs of low-income labourers.
In a statement released today, UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres said:
“This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding around us, we are truly seeing workers who too often toil unseen.
Perhaps as never before, we recognize the role that essential workers play in keeping our societies functioning — getting food to tables and markets, keeping public transportation running, and – of course – ensuring the operation of our hospitals and health systems.
We are also reminded of the enormous toll that the pandemic is taking on the global workforce. As the International Labour Organization reported this week, the global workforce will be hit with the equivalent of the loss of more than 300 million jobs.
As we seek to build back better in the wake of this pandemic, the wellbeing of people must be at the centre of economic and social policies with a special focus on who are being furthest left behind.”
From : pk.mashable.com