International Labour Day is time of analyses the past and make strategies for the future. It has become the symbol of internationalism and solidarity that transcends borders and raises the consciousness of working people globally, in the recognition that we belong to the same class, have the same objectives and the power to win them, Working Women Organization organized different activities for mayday Celebration.
Hundreds of women and children from different field of life participated in mass rally, wearing red caps, holding red flags, banners inscribed demands, raised slogans enthusiastically against unemployment, rising inflation, unnecessary expenditure by the government and the lack of education and health facilities for working class in the country. Rally started from Lahore Press club to General Post Office (GPO), Mall Road.
Speakers at the rally paid tribute to Chicago martyrs who are symbol of struggle for working class. Speakers said women workers enthusiasm and their participation in the rally proved that in spite of enormous suppression and obstacles women will never stop to raise their voices against in human policies and system. They added Pakistan is facing terrible crisis due to judiciary calamity, worse law and order situation, massive unemployment and high inflation rate that is creating great frustration among common people, especially among the youth. Speakers also deplored government discouraging collective bargaining activity, which is a workers' basic right, they urged government should take proper steps for those industrialists who are violating labor laws. Women are working as contract or subcontract base, facing aggression by the employer as well as by the male counterparts and also deprive from their basic rights. But we "Workers" always survive in crises, currently very difficult economic, social and political circumstances can just push us back but cannot halt our struggle. It is time that workers of the Pakistan and third world countries should carry their struggle with join hands and coordinated their struggle for the achievements of the rights. Speakers put stress workers of the world must fight for basic rights and higher wages to keep up with the rising costs of living. They must fight against the vicious assaults on their trade unions and other democratic rights and against the erosion of their hard won social benefits and demanded. Trade unions should also realize the fact that involvement of women in decision-making is important and should devise firm policy necessary for elimination of gender imbalance in trade unions.
Speakers said that International Workers Solidarity is needed to overcome the workers problems all over the world and we will continue our fight for our rights till final victory.
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