Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday resolution of problems faced by the labourers of the country is top priority of the sitting government and announced to increase labour wages from Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000. Addressing a ceremony to mark the Labour Day here Tuesday, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani also announced to regularise the services of the employees of CDA and PTCL. The pension from the Employees' Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) has been increased to Rs 2,000 from Rs 1,500. The prime minister said that 1st of May is observed globally to pay tributes to the workers and labourers of Chicago for the sacrifices they rendered for attainment of their rights. He said the concept of agricultural, industrial and socio-economic development is incomplete without contribution of labourers, workers and farmers. The global strides in industry and agriculture are owed to the hard work of labourers and farmers, he added. Gilani said that Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is fully aware of the role of farmers, labourers and workers in the national development and has been strenuously engaged in efforts to bring about positive changes in their lives. The PM said that PPP pioneer Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto considered the labourers and workers as an invaluable asset of the party. “The PPP was established on the slogan of welfare of the neglected sections of society and for the sake of carving out a respectable place for them in the social setup,” he added. "We believe that secret of any country's development lies in the value of hard work and its human resources. A society, which does not address the basic needs of its working class, remains backward," he added.