Celebrating labour

Sir: The country is celebrating Labour Day today. Hotels are booked for seminars and expensive pamphlets and brochures have been published by the NGOs to spread labour issues in the name of advocacy. How much better it would have been had this exercise lifted the condition of an ordinary worker who is as deeply mired in troubles as he had been since the fashion of celebrating Labour Day came about. There are workers who are not being paid for the job they do, or provided a safe and functioning work environment. The people running such entities, from owners to managers, are always ready to defend human rights violations as members of civil society. I hope the celebrators of Labour Day and the propagators of workers’ rights gather the guts and become activists against their own practices. 

Mehroz Shafiq