Labour Day is an official holiday observed in around 80 countries including Pakistan on the first day of May. Many other countries also observed this day unofficially.
As the whole world industrialized in the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s, the dismal working conditions in many factories led to the establishment of Labour Day. It is also called “International Workers Day” or “May Day”, to demand things like an 8-hour work day, safer working conditions, and increased pay.
Pakistan made Labour Day, an official holiday in 1972, and the same year when major labour reform legislation was passed. Pakistan has also been a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) since its birth, 1947.
In Pakistan, several labour unions put on major rallies. Special discussion panels and seminars have also been held. Some people even demonstrate in the streets, demanding “a better deal” for Pakistani workers.
Additionally, Radio Pakistan and other stations put on special programming to raise public awareness of the meaning of the day.