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Saturday, 03 May 2008

International Socialist Congress designated May Day as an international labor day in 1889 . In many countries, this is the occasion for important political demonstrations .The May Fourth Movement in China was also related to the observance of May Day worldwide , when on 4 May 1919 , mass demonstrations took place in Beijing for ensuring the rights of teachers and students , women and industrial workers . On this day the issue of empowerment of workers worldwide come to the fore. The rights of workers to join together and assert a countervailing authority must be central to and accepted in all societies .This year open—air discussions , processions and demonstrations to be held today have not been allowed by the alw and order agencioes. But the issue of welfare of workers is very much a live issue under consideration by the Caretaker Goverment .About a fortnight ago, the Chief Adviser called upon the entrepreneurs of the country’s textiles and RMG sectors to give attention to all relevant matters that will ensure the welfare of the workers. In line with the Chief Adviser’s call , the owners of all industries , including textiles and RMG , should now provide attractive salary and benefits packages to their workers , along with supplementary benefits of healthcare and basic education for the workers’ children ,as we have mentioned . And now is the time to take up the issue of minimum wages and benefits for agricultural workers , construction workers and other seasonal workes and day labourers . Also some workers who face hositle environment in their work such as collectors of honey in the Sunderbans, fishermen on the high seas , may have to be given compensatory allowances to cover their risk-taking Our readers are aware that exercises have been udertaken by past governments to formualte pay-scales with assgned minimum wages and other benefits and allowances for the RMG workers . Such pay scales with adequate salary befits should be formulated for all workers in the country.

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