KATHMANDU, May 1: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended wishes for happiness, peace, prosperity and insurance of labour rights to all the Nepali workers spread around the globe on the occasion of the International Workers' Day or May Day.
In a message, PM said the dignified day of May 1 every year has reminded us of the important achievements of the international workers' agitation – eight hours of work, eight hours of rest and eight hours of entertainment along with the fundamental rights.
Stating that workers have played a historic role in all of Nepal's socio-political transformation without caring for their lives and employment, PM expressed his high respect to the contributions made by the working class for the epochal change in Nepal's politics.
The PM took the occasion to reiterate the government's firm commitment to fully implementing Labour Act, 2074 (2017) and disclosed preparations for minimal wage increment to guarantee disciplined work under an appropriate wage system.
PM Oli noted that a high number of youths have been compelled to head out of the country and become subject to labour exploitations due to lack of environment in the country to appropriately use labour and respect it. He added that the government remains sensitive towards the plight of the Nepali youths forced to risk lives in an unknown foreign land and engage in hard labour.
He shared further that the government was now concentrating its attention towards the need to create an environment for using the young human resources' knowledge, skills and energy for nation building and development of the country.
The PM expressed the government's determination to create opportunities for life-sustaining income and a working environment to allow workers to work with self respect in their homeland.
Underlining the constitutional provisions granting right to every worker to undertake their respective works, suitable allowance, social security rights based on facilities and contribution, permission to open trade unions as per the law, participation in such unions and right to collective bargaining, PM Oli said the government remained committed to comply with the International Labour Organization's fundamental principles and treaties.
In the message, PM Oli also wished for motivation to all citizens to use their full abilities for heralding socio-economic transformation in the country.