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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, April 30: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the selected PTI government led by the puppet Prime Minister Imran Khan has turned out to be  absolutely devastating for the labour class in the country.

In his message on  World Labour Day being observed across the globe tomorrow, the PPP Chairman said that protection of rights of labourers is a cornerstone of the PPP’s ideology. The first-ever unanimously adopted Constitution by Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto enshrined a wide range of provisions to protect the rights of blue collar workers. Articles 11, 17, 18, 25 and 37(e) prohibit all forms of bonded labour, child labour, allow freedom of association, grant rights to unionise, provide citizens with the right to enter any lawful profession or trade without any discrimination, and secure humane and reasonable working conditions, he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari further pointed out that the first-ever comprehensive Labour Policy was also announced by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1972 and with the subsequent legislation the scope of labour laws was enhanced and benefits like increased trade union rights, minimum wages, profit-sharing, statutory bonus, group insurance scheme, group incentive scheme, etc. were guaranteed. The Zia dictatorship reversed many of these progressive incentives and undid many of the gains Pakistan had made in securing labour rights, he added.

He said that Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto continued the PPP’s legacy by restoring labour rights and expanding benefit programs for the labour class. The PPP government led by President Asif Ali Zardari furthered this mission  by offering partnerships to labourers in the state companies under the  Benazir Employee Stock Option Scheme. Labour colonies with thousands of houses for laborers were also constructed, he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the selected government has only unleashed unemployment and poverty as millions have been turned jobless and pushed below the poverty line during last two and a half years.

The PPP Chairman pledged that his Party would continue to strive for the rights of the labour and working classes and it wouldn’t allow the selected regime to usurp their rights without facing strong resistance.