Report: Farooq Sulehria
May Day celebrated across Pakistan.Thousands participated in
Labour Party Pakistan and National Trade Union Federation Pakistan
celebrated May Day 2007 across Pakistan . Thousands of activists
participated along with other trade unions organizations in different
demonstrations and rallies.
In Karachi , over 1000 attended a Labour Party Pakistan rally
from Regal Chock to Karachi Press Club. Police tried to stop the
rally but the demonstrated resisted and completed its rout that
announced already. They were carrying hundreds of red flags.
In a province governed by the religious fanatics, LPP was able
to organize the largest gathering of the town in Sawat. The May
Day public meeting was attended by over 600 who were mainly the
union activists. Waving red flags in a province controlled by
religious fundamentalist was a great step forward in mobilizing
the progressive forces.
In Qasur a border city in Punjab, over 500 attended the rally
organized by several trade unions supported by Labour party Pakistan
. Comrade Maqsood Mujahid and Choudry Imtiaz, national committee
members were the main speakers at the rally. This was the largest
rally of the town.
In Lahore National trade Union Federation, an organization supported
by LPP joined the main rally of Pakistan Workers Confederation.
A day earlier, on 30th April, over 1500 packed one of the largest
hall of Lahore, the Mehfil Theater. The event was organized by
Women Workers Help Line and Labour Education Foundation jointly
in connection with May Day. This was the largest indoor gathering
of the country organized in relation to May Day.
In Faisalabad , over 500 attended a public meeting and a rally
organized jointly by National Workers Party, Labour Party Pakistan
and Labour Qaumi Movement.
In Karachi , National Trade Union Federation organized a public
meeting in connection with May day attended by over 1200 trade
union activists and leaders. They were addressed by leaders of
various political parties including Labour Party, Peoples Party
and National Party.
In Toba Tek Singh, over 300 attended by a public meeting and
a rally addressed by leaders of National Workers Party and Labour
In Moro Sind, over 200 attended a LPP rally that made a round
of the city center. A public meeting at Neshero Feroz district
in Sind , LPP activists along bhatta workers criticized the policies
of the present government and demanded a living wage of Rupees
10,000 a month.
Similar meetings were organized in Nawab Shah, Mir Pur Khas and
Sanghar by Labour Party Pakistan.
In all the meetings and rallies, the speakers expressed full
solidarity with lawyers movement for justice and democracy.
They criticized the policies of IMF, World Bank and WTO and asked
to workers to rise up against the neo liberal agenda. They spoke
against the military regime corruption and vowed to fight for
a democratic socialist Pakistan . They paid rich tribute to the
martyrs of Chicago and criticized the government that it has increased
the working hours from 8 hours to 12 hours a day.