Manipur observes May Day

Correspondence IMPHAL, May 1 | Publish Date: 5/1/2019 11:34:51 AM IST

May Day or International Workers’ Day was observed on Wednesday in Manipur by various organisations at their levels to honour labourers.

Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Union Congress (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO observed the day in its office chamber in Imphal’s Babupara.

Representatives of various departments of the state government, leaders of Manipur State Pensioners' Union, officials of Manipur Secretariat Services Association (MASA), and members of Council of Teachers' Association (COTA) also observed the occasion.

Assistant professor of Economic department of Manipur University,  Dr Chinglen Meisnam in his address as resource person observed that the condition of labourers in the state was far from pleasant, while stressing for the need of a united struggle for these working class group.

Over the years, it has been marred with gender inequality, hazardous working conditions, job crisis and unemployment.  Indian labour laws leave much to be desired on minimum wage and mandated work hours, he said.

Dr Chinglen Meisnam said May Day was a global event that provides common platform to the working class section of the society for renewed deliberation on their basic rights and to oppose exploitation by the affluent class.

Mere observance of May Day would be meaningless if the working class continue to suffer subjugation, he said,  while calling for knowing the objective of the observance.

District Legal Service Authority, Imphal West district also observed May Day (International Labour Day) with a training programme of para legal on Nalsa sciences.

“Our workers are the inspiration for all of us. Their hard work and dedication always motivate us to work for the growth and development of our nation,” said state chief minister N Biren Singh in his May Day message. Singh said that on the occasion, all must acknowledge the work of every person who has taken a step forward in making the country and the state in particular, a better place to live in.“Let us commit ourselves to uphold the dignity of labour,” he added.

He reminded that May Day was being observed to commemorate the protest by workers in Chicago, United States of America on May 1, 1886. It symbolised the victory of the working class.

Across the globe, International Workers’ Day was celebrated to acknowledge the struggle of the working class for improving the working conditions of labourers and higher wages, the chief minister said.

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