Lahore - The working class of the country observed “International Labour Day” under the aegis of All Pakistan Workers Confederation (Regd.) by carrying out processions and rallies in various cities including Quetta, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Mardan, Peshawar, etc.

At Lahore, thousands workers took out a large procession from Bukhtiar Labour Hall which was participated by trade union representatives and workers of various affiliated trade unions.

The workers held a mass rally at Shahrah-e-Quaid-i-Azam which was addressed by veteran trade union leader Khurshid Ahmad, General Secretary of the Union along with Ms. Robina Jameel; President, Yousaf Baloch, Chairman, Akbar Ali Khan, Additional General Secretary, Osama Tariq, Secretary, Ch. Muhammad Anwar and Khalid Butt, Ch. Nasir Gulazar (Railways), Rana Abdul Shakoor (WAPDA & Electricity), Niaz Khan and Ch. Khushi Muhammad Khokhar, Hassan Muhammad Rana (Telecommunication), Jameel Butt (Bata Mazoor League) and other trade union representatives.

Khurshid Ahmad speaking on the occasion expressed a great concern over the aggravating economic and social sufferings of the working class and common citizens allowing rich to be richer and poor to be poorer. Instead of introduction of progressive National Economic and Social Reforms in outdated feudal and crony capitalist system by the present Government.

He stated that the country had been being mortgaged into the clutches of IMF and World Bank while $200 billion of the capitalists and feudal lords and some politicians were still deposited in the Swiss Bank.