Despite lockdown, Labour Day celebrated

Despite lockdown, Labour Day celebrated

Workers and farmers attend a Labour Day function at Doraha on Saturday. Tribune Photo

Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 1

Organisers in the region had to restrict programmes to celebrate Labour Day owing to the weekend lockdown imposed in the city.

Despite weekend lockdown imposed in the city, office-bearers and activists of various political and trade organisations hoisted flags of their respective parties at the premises of their establishments.

Activists of various leftist outfits, led by Technical Services’ Union convener Sukhcharanjit Sharma, Janwadi Istri Sabha president Gurinder Kaur Gujjarwal, Municipal Council former president Jatinder Bhola, CITU office-bearer Gurdev Raj Bhumla and Palledar Union president Karam Deol, observed Labour Day at their respective establishments at Pohir power grid, paper mill, food supply office, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk and Gujjarwal village.

Speakers said the richest tribute to the May Day martyrs would be to constitute a joint front against the owners of the corporate sector who had been exploiting successive governments for attacking the rights of the labour class.

Doraha: Meanwhile, at Doraha, workers and farmers of the region and surrounding areas also observed Labour Day.

Organisations condemned the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the state and Central Government. Farmer and trade unions raised their voice against the Centre for favouring the private sector.

The rally was addressed by people from BKU Ekta (Ugrahan), Technical Services Union, BKU (Punjab), Government Pensioners’ Association, Bank Employees’ Union, Pensioners’ Union, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, B.Ed Adhyapak Front, Labour Front, Anganwadi workers and Powercom Contractual Employees’ Union.

“Privatisation of various sectors is leading to big houses making inroads into the secular character of the nation and gaining an upper hand while workers and farmers continue to reel under the shadow of poverty, starvation and hunger,” said an attendee.

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