LAHORE - International Labour Day was observed on Sunday with the theme of "Act together to build a positive safety and health culture".

According to International Labour Organisation, the day was being observed as a World Day for Safety and Health at Work to commemorate the services and sacrifices of workers across the world and encourage them to be aware of their rights.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in their separate messages on International Labour Day have reiterated Pakistan's commitment to provide enabling environment to all workers and their families.

The President in his message said this day symbolizes the strength, character, talent and dedication of Pakistani workforce towards making our country a prosperous and progressive nation in the world.

He said Pakistan reiterates its commitment to provide an enabling environment and a higher standard of living for all workers and their families.

The Prime Minister in his message said his government will improve working conditions of workers in accordance with Islamic teachings, the constitution of Pakistan and international standards.

In Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), the World Labor Day was observed on Sunday to pay rich tributes to those workers and laborers who laid down their lives for the achievement of their rights this day 136 years ago in Chicago.

Special May Day simple but impressive ceremonies coupled with processions, were staged in all the ten districts of AJK including in Mirpur, capital city of Muzaffarabad, Neelam valley, Kotli, Bagh, Rawalakot, Sudhanoti, Hattiyan, Havaili and Bhimbher districts to observe the day.

Various organizations of workers and laborers of different private and public sector institutions held special ceremonies to observe the day.

Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said laborers play an important role in the socio-economic development of any country.

PM Shehbaz Sharif reiterates to provide enabling environment to workers

In his message on International Labour Day, today, he said the Provincial Government will ensure equal rights and  opportunities to improve the living standard of workers.

He said the government is endeavoring to put polytechnic institutions on modern lines across the province.

The Chief Minister added that the provincial government believes in such labour policies which ensure protection of rights of all workers and labourers.