Reminiscent of workers’ rights: NC

Reminiscent of workers’ rights: NC

JAMMU: Lauding the resilience of workers for their sustained efforts in building Naya Jammu and Kashmir as per the dreams of visionaries, senior National Conference leaders on Wednesday said that Labour Day is reminiscent of the workers’ rights and societal response towards their well-being.
“It is a day of introspection for us all to ponder whether we have succeeded in assuaging their aspirations and urges,” the NC leader Surjeet Singh Slathia said and complimented the relentless campaign of the Labour Union in fighting for genuine cause of the work force – according to the statement.
Slathia said that National Conference has always fought for the cause of labour-class and said their welfare was an integral part of Naya Jammu and Kashmir Charter.
“Every day is a Labour Day but observing it on May 1 has a historical significance as hundreds of people sacrificed their lives during the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago nearly two centuries ago while struggling for their rights,” he said, adding, “Commemorating this day should not be a ritual but an occasion to pledge for wellbeing of the labour class and strive for dignity and honour of the work force.”
The NC leader Rattan Lal Gupta recalled the crucial role played by labourers in shaping the public movement in Jammu and Kashmir as elsewhere in the world decades ago.
“Labour force are the builders of nation and catalyst of socio-economic transformation”, Gupta said.
Gupta castigated the BJP for ignoring the welfare of labour force, saying but for remaining entangled in divisive politics, the party ditched the people of Jammu, especially weaker sections. He also lashed out at a senior BJP leader for unleashing malicious campaign against National Conference and described it as a sign of frustration due to rejection by the people.
B. R. Kundal called for initiation of short and long term measures by the state and central governments for economic emancipation and empowerment of the labour class with special focus on education of their children apart from health care.
Kundal referred to the background of this day and said it is being observed on May 1st all over the world to highlight the need for restoration of labour rights with a view to bridge the gap between haves and have not’s for harmonious growth of the society.