PM's Message on LABOUR DAY, May 1, 2019


We join the global community today to commemorate the Labour Day and pay tributes to the heroic struggle and sacrifices rendered by the workers in Chicago for upholding their fundamental rights and ensuring a fair working environment. This historic day also affords us an opportunity to recognize the valuable contribution being made by the workers for the progress and development of countries all over the world.

Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave us the Charter of Madinah, which serves as the foundation of a model Islamic State, an egalitarian society based on the rule of law and economic justice. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf waged a struggle spanning over two decades to realize the concept of a society based on the principles of justice and equality. The present government believes in dignity of labour and has undertaken a holistic plan in collaboration with the provincial governments, for the welfare and wellbeing of the workers and their families including domestic workers. We believe that that the dividends of inclusive economic growth cannot be realized if the workers are deprived of their due rights and opportunities. Indeed, workers are our partners in growth and development.

Today, we are also launching the “Mazdoor-Ka-Ehsaas” initiative, which is one of the pillars under the Goverment's priority social protection and poverty alleviation program, Ehsaas. Mazdoor-Ka-Ehsaas aims at developing social protection measures for workers in the informal sector.

A number of policy measures have been approved for the welfare of overseas Pakistani workers under Ehsaas, such as enhancing the number and quality of institutional arrangements that are responsible for protecting migrant workers, creating online interfaces to facilitate them, negotiations with host countries aimed at increasing the duration of the first contract of migrant workers and subsidies on air tickets for the workers who haven’t returned home for 7 years.

We are endeavoring to strengthen the labour market and have a plan to create 10 million jobs over five years in key sectors like housing, SMEs, ICT, health, education, green economy and tourism. We are also focusing on regulating labour market along with a job placement mechanism supported by public-private partnerships to improve skill matching; enforcement of minimum wages; employees social welfare and measures against workplace harassment. We have our due focus on skill development; investments in human capital and professional development.

I take this opportunity to felicitate the workers with the belief and confidence that they will become our partner in realizing Naya Pakistan and continue to participate in the development of the country with renewed zeal and vigour.