World Day Against Child Labour is being observed across the globe including Pakistan on Tuesday to raise awareness of the plight of child laborers worldwide.
The Day is being observed to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Pakistan’s first labour policy was devised in 1972, in which May 1 was declared an official holiday. This policy also formulated the creation of the Social Security Network, Old Age Benefit Schemes and Workers Welfare Fund.
Pakistan’s Constitution also contains various provisions and articles on labour rights. It is important to note that Pakistan became a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) right after its independence.
The ILO is a United Nations (UN) specialised agency and Pakistan has ratified 36 ILO conventions of which eight are core conventions.
Labour Day is a public holiday in Pakistan that is marked by rallies, marches, processions, and labour and worker union sessions.
Seminars and rallies will held in different cities to pay tribute to those who laid down their lives in Chicago in 1886 for the rights of the labourers.