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May Day observed at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan

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NC took path-breaking initiatives for welfare, empowerment of work-force: Slathia

JAMMU, MAY 01: Lauding the resilience and fortitude of work force for their sustained efforts in building Naya Jammu and Kashmir as per the dreams of visionaries, who envisioned a progressive, prosperous and peaceful state, senior National Conference leaders on Wednesday said that May Day is reminiscent of the workers’ rights and societal response towards their well-being.

“It is a day of introspection for us all to ponder whether we have succeeded in assuaging their aspirations and urges,” former minister and State Secretary Surjeet Singh Slathia said and complimented the relentless campaign of the Labour Union in fighting for genuine cause of the work force.

Slathia said that National Conference has always fought for the cause of labour-class and said their welfare was an integral part of Naya Jammu and Kashmir Charter. He made a particular mention of interest evinced by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah for the empowerment of weaker sections especially the labour force and said this continues to be a guiding force for the party.

Slathia said that every day is a labour day but observing it on May 1 has a historical significance as hundreds of people sacrificed their lives during the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago nearly two centuries ago while struggling for their rights. “Commemorating this day should not be a ritual but an occasion to pledge for wellbeing of the labour class and strive for dignity and honour of the work force,” he added.

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