Zardari says PPP will stand for workers’ rights

Islamabad: Former President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday pledged said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will continue to protect the rights of workers.

In a message on the May Day, Zardari said that today workers, farmers and government employees were in extreme financial difficulties.

“The present selected government has usurped the rights of workers, employed in government industries including Pakistan Steel Mills, PIA and Railways and they are worried for their jobs,” he said.

Zardari said that the founding chairman of the PPP Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had given the workers the right to form unions so that the labour unions could collectively raise their voice for the rights of the workers.

“Today farmers are worried because they are not getting return for their crops and labor,” he added. He said Benazir Bhutto always raised her voice in favor of the workers.

Zardari said that Rs 25 billion had been set aside for the welfare of the workers, working in government enterprises, which has been stolen by the present government.

He asked the workers not to allow anyone to usurp their institutions under the guise of privatization. Asif Zardari said that PPP will always be with the workers like in the past.