Labour’s Day Celebrations All Around The World

Labour’s Day Celebrations All Around The World

  • Labour Day (Youm-e-Mazdoor)
    • History
      • 1st Labour Day (May 1, 1886)
      • Workers’ Rights
      • 8-hour workday
      • Fair wages
      • Safe working conditions
    • Significance
      • Recognizing workers’ contributions
      • Fighting for workers’ rights
    • Current Situation in Pakistan
      • Challenges faced by labourers
      • Limited access to rights and benefits

The first Labour Day, also known as May Day, was celebrated on May 1, 1886, in the United States. It was a response to the harsh working conditions and long hours faced by workers during the Industrial Revolution. The movement gained momentum, and eventually, the 8-hour workday and fair wages became a standard demand.

Worldwide celebrations:

  • United States: “Labour Day (1st Monday in Sept) honors workers’ contributions, marked by parades, barbecues, and end-of-summer sales.”
  • Canada: “Labour Day (1st Monday in Sept) celebrates workers’ rights, with parades, picnics, and a long weekend.”
  • Australia: “Labour Day (1st Monday in Oct) recognizes workers’ achievements, with marches, festivals, and a public holiday.”
  • China: “Labour Day (May 1st) commemorates workers’ struggles, with parades, performances, and a 3-day holiday.”
  • India: “Labour Day (May 1st) honors workers’ contributions, with processions, rallies, and a national holiday.”
  • South Africa: “Workers’ Day (May 1st) celebrates workers’ struggles and achievements, with marches, rallies, and a public holiday.”

In Pakistan, Labour Day is celebrated on May 1st every year. However, despite the progress made, many labourers in Pakistan still face numerous challenges, including:

  • Limited access to education and job opportunities
  • Low wages and long working hours
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Limited access to healthcare and social security benefits
  • Discrimination and harassment at workplaces

Currently, in Pakistan, the labour system is plagued by issues such as:

  • Lack of effective labour laws and enforcement
  • Limited unionization and collective bargaining
  • Prevalence of child labour and forced labour
  • Gender-based discrimination and unequal pay
  • Inadequate social security and pension plans

To address these challenges, it is essential to:

  • Strengthen labour laws and enforcement
  • Promote unionization and collective bargaining
  • Ensure equal pay and opportunities for all
  • Provide access to education, healthcare, and social security benefits
  • Encourage corporate social responsibility and ethical labour practices

Quranic Quote:

“And We have certainly honoured the children of Adam” (Quran 17:70)

Hadiths (Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH):

  • “Pay the worker his wage before his sweat dries”
  • “A worker is worthy of his hire”

By acknowledging the struggles of labourers and working towards a more equitable labour system, we can build a more just and prosperous society for all.


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