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May 1, 2015

‘Govt has done nothing for labourers’


May 1, 2015

Punjab PML-Q general secretary Ch Zaheeruddin Khan has said due to anti-workers policies of the government, people belonging to all walks of life including traders, workers, farmers, clerks, doctors, paramedical staff and nurses are protesting on Friday (today).
He expressed these views while addressing the PML-Q Labour Wing convention in connection with World Labour Day at the Muslim League House on Thursday.
He said: “We have gathered here today to pay homage to the Chicago martyrs who offered great services for the service structure on May 1, 1886, this struggle for the workers continues even today. Workers are 95 per cent in majority in Pakistan and this country belongs to the workers. Tenure of Ch Parvez Elahi was the period for progress and prosperity of the workers during which labour colonies were established for residential facilities of the workers, social security hospital was upgraded.”
PPP has been merged into N-League, we will secure the rights of the workers by contesting local bodies elections along with the allies parties, we are the real opposition, local bodies elections have not been held for the last seven years, workers are fully represented in the local bodies elections, we will secure big majority in the local bodies by contesting these along with the allies parties, he said.
In the convention, Mian Munir, Sajjad Baloch, Arshad Bokhari, Khadeeja Farooqui, Rana Hafeez and Riasat Khokhar presented resolutions.
Addressing the gathering, Senator Kamil Ali Agha said all the reforms introduced for the welfare and well-being of people during PML-Q tenure had been scrapped by the present government. He said during the tenure of Ch Parvez Elahi, dowry was provided for all daughters of a worker and free medicines were also provided to the workers in the hospitals, present govt not only snatched loaf of bread from the mouth of the workers but also deprived their children of medical treatment. He said loadshedding for 12

hours in the cities and for 12 hours in villages continued because of which the factories were shut and workers facing unemployment.
Speaking on the occasion, PML-Q Information Secretary Mian Imran Masood said the tenure of Ch Parvez Elahi was historical one, World Bank also mentioned that tenure often in its reports. He said the present government did not give mega projects to benefit people. He said those who staged drama of using hand fans under shadows of Minar-e-Pakistan to protest against worst loadshedding were taking no practical steps for ending worst loadshedding now, not a single unit of power has been additionally generated during their tenure, against their claims of breaking the begging bowl and sending foreign aid they have only increased the size of the begging bowl, all schemes of their tenure like Sasti Roti, yellow cabs, green tractors schemes all have been eaten away by corruption and people were not benefitted at all, metro bus deficit has reached the level of Rs 1 25 billion while Daanish School deficit has crossed Rs one billion mark.
Presenting the welcome address, PML-Q Youth Wing Central president Syed Bilal Mustafa said Muslim League observes the Labour Day for protection of the workers’ rights and to express solidarity with the workers. He said the process of privatisation should immediately be stopped because profit making institutions privatisation amounted to exploitation of the workers. Central President Muslim League Labour Wing Syed Faqir Hussain said Muslim League Labour Wing had taken part in the elections of the unions of major institutions like PIA and Railways and secured great successes. He said much laudable achievements of Ch Parvez Elahi were social security hospital, model school, labour colonies, free education up to matric and 1122 rescue service. We have to strengthen his hands and bring him to power again so that works for the welfare and well-being of the people including the workers could be restarted again, he added.

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