Govt committed to ameliorating plight of labourers: president

* Mamnoon says decent work for national workforce, fair wages, safe working conditions on govt’s priorities list

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Wednesday that the present government is committed to ameliorating the plight of labourers and working classes and is vigorously working to strengthen economy to create more work opportunities for them.
“The government firmly believes that a contended and satisfied workforce having adequate work opportunities and cover from all sorts of exploitation, is important for smooth and sustained socio-economic development of society,” the president said in his message for the International Workers’ Day, which will be observed today (Thursday, May 1). He said that the government was working to create job opportunities and was also committed to ensuring justice to all workers. 
“Ensuring decent work for the national workforce, fair wages, safe working condition and provision of social protection remains high on government’s priorities,” he added. 
The president stressed the need for joint efforts to promote an environment that motivates people to put in their best. “The government’s efforts need to be complemented by the private sector,” he added. “I am confident that our joint efforts would yield positive results and would contribute towards the betterment of our labourers, workers and indeed the entire society,” he added.
The president also urged the provincial governments to accelerate their efforts to harmonise the labour laws with the International Labour Standards so that the conditionalities of the GSP-Plus could be met effectively to increase trade with the European Union and foreign buyers. 
He said the observance of the international day of labourers and workers on first of every May was an occasion to commemorate social and economic achievements of the workers on one hand and to renew commitment and accelerate efforts for ensuring dignity of labour, decent wages and their protection from all sorts of exploitation.
“It is a day to acknowledge invaluable services of the workers and to pay tribute to them for their tireless efforts towards building the entire edifice of society,” he added. The president said, “While remembering Chicago martyrs on this day for their valiant struggle against oppression, exploitation and injustice a century ago, we also renew our pledges on this day not to abandon the workers, labourers and wage-earners in their legitimate struggle for their rights.” 
He said the goal of any meaningful and sustained socio-economic development remained elusive until the workers and labourers got their rightful place in the society.
The president said, “The commemoration of the day, therefore, is an occasion to pause and to reflect on the issues of the workers and to chalk out future course of action so as to build on the gains of the past and translate commitments into actions for the betterment of this vulnerable section of society.” “Let us all, on this day, pray and pledge to make sincere effort for the well-being of our people and peace, prosperity and greater glory of our beloved country,” he added.

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