01 May 2015, Nirapad News: May Day or Labour Day is being observed today in the country like everywhere else across the world, to establish the rights of the working people. The theme of the day this year is ‘Let us forge worker-owner unity and build a Sonar Bangla.’ It is also a public holiday.
Today’s program started with bringing out a colorful rally from in front of Shrama Bhaban at RAJUK Avenue around 7.30 in the morning. It ended at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) after parading through Dainik Bangla crossing and Paltan.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the day’s programmes at Bangabandhu International Conference Center at 4.30 this afternoon.
Shrama Bhaban, Bangabandhu International Conference Center, different streets and islands of the capital were decorated with banners, festoons and placards to mark the day.
Different political, particularly the labour wings of political parties, labour organizations, professional bodies and cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day. The programmes of the day include bringing out colourful processions, discussion meetings and cultural functions. The organizations include Jatiya Sramik League, Trade Union Kendra, Jatiya Party, Bangladesher Workers Party, CPB, Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Union, JSD, Gano Forum, National Awami party and different bodies of garment workers.
The day is observed across the world every year since 1886 commemorating the supreme sacrifices of the workers at Hay Market, Chicago in the United States to establish the rights of eight-hour working day and uphold the rights of working class. Many working people sacrificed their lives on May 1, 1886 and the following days during series of movements, bomb attacks, riots and police actions on agitating workers at Hay Market in Chicago.
Worker groups and trade unions, political parties, different government and socio-cultural-professional organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion of the May Day.
They extended their greetings to all working people of the world including Bangladesh.
In his Message President Abdul Hamid said combined efforts of workers and owners are necessary to build strong economy. He hoped that with the concerted efforts of all, the nation would be able to build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said her government reopened the mills and factories shut down by the BNP-Jamaat regime.
Minimum wages have been announced for the workers of 38 industrial sectors, including readymade garments, she said adding that National Child Labour Policy, 2010 and National Labour Policy, 2012 were formulated.
Leader of the opposition Begum Rawshan Ershad and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad also issued messages on the occasion of the May Day.