World Celebrate May Day

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BANGLADESH

Bangladeshi garment workers march during a procession to mark the International Labor Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladeshi garment workers march during a procession to mark the International Labor Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Trade unions and other workers’ groups on Sunday staged rallies to mark International Workers’ Day in Bangladesh capital Dhaka and other parts of the country. The slogans at the rallies focused on wages and jobs for all blue-collar workers. On Sunday morning, dozens of transport workers were seen celebrating the historic day in Dhaka’s largest Sayedabad bus terminal dressing as various historical characters.

Workers also formed a human-chain in Dhaka with pictures of world communist leaders at a rally. In Bangladesh, the day was a public holiday. All offices, banks, industries and factories remained closed.

Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid in a message called for establishing good worker-owner relations, ensuring fair wages and safe and congenial workplace. He emphasised enhancing skills of workers and observed that there is no alternative to manufacturing world-class products in the competitive world.

LANKA

Nepalese workers participate in a rally organized to celebrate the International Workers' Day in Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepalese workers participate in a rally organized to celebrate the International Workers’ Day in Kathmandu, Nepal

Thousands took to the streets in Colombo and Galle city on Sunday to mark May Day, with President Maithripala Sirisena pledging to strengthen Sri Lanka’s position in the Indian Ocean region.

Large crowds flocked to Galle to show their support for Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Xinhua news agency reported.

A colourful procession with dancers and drums was held as crowds made their way to the Samanala Grounds to hear the president’s address.

“As all of you have gathered here, I promise to take this nation forward and make this a competitive country in the South Asian region,” the president said.

“We have already received the support of the international community. I vow to uplift the living standards of the public soon,” Sirisena told the public who had gathered despite heavy rains.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing a massive crowd in the United National Party’s May Day rally held in Campbell Park in Colombo, said the government was committed in its fight against corruption and vowed to bring down the high cost of living and strengthen the island’s economy.

He said the government would present a new developed nation by 2020 and had already launched a megapolis development programme which would transform the capital and its suburbs.

Wickremesinghe, amidst loud cheers, also said that the mega Colombo Port City project, funded by China, would be an economic hub in the region.

He said the Port City would also attract more investments and strengthen Sri Lanka’s role in the Indian Ocean region.

Over 6,000 police were deployed to manage the rallies that were organised by different political parties which started on Sunday afternoon and continued till late evening.

Tamil Nadu, India

Laborers chant slogans during a march on the street to mark the International Workers' Day in southwest Pakistan's Quetta
Laborers chant slogans during a march on the street to mark the International Workers’ Day in southwest Pakistan’s Quetta

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on Sunday said her government has implemented several welfare schemes for the workers.

Addressing an election rally in this district, around 500 km from Chennai, on May Day, she said: “For the benefit of all kinds of workers, my government has implemented welfare schemes worth Rs.568 crore during the past five years.”

Tamil Nadu goes to polls on May 16.

Jayalalithaa, who is also the general secretary of the ruling AIADMK, said her government has not only fulfilled all the poll promises made in 2011 but also implemented schemes that were not listed out in the last election’s manifesto.

She also charged that the previous DMK government has not fulfilled its poll promises made in 2006.

Jayalalithaa also listed out various schemes implemented by her government in the Coimbatore district.