HAPPY LABOUR DAY
Today on 1st May, is the most remarkable and memorable day since we commemorate this day for our labour class whose contribution to the society as a whole cannot be disputed. The stellar contribution of labour class for the society is really unique especially so during Covid-19 pandemic situation. It is due to our labour only who is ensuring our streets, workplaces and other places neat and tidy, But for their participation in most needed sanitation, our society must have been affected more adversely.
Lets celebrate this day most enthusiastically with the fond hope that this class contributes its mite for the society. For this to be reality, it is a must that the society takes care of this class as they take care of the society of which they are a part.
Essentially, it has been said whatever job we are capable should be performed with singleness of purpose with the aim that no work is low or high but how much you focus on he job in hand counts much. We should feel proud of whatever job we are performing. In Bhagwad Gita, it has been rightly said: Perform your prescribed duty, for action is better than inaction. A man cannot even maintain his physical body without work.
A resolution was passed in 1889 by the Marxist International Socialist Congress in which it was decided that the workers should not be made to work for more than eight hours a day. Thereafter, it became an annual feature to celebrate 1st May as the Labour Day.
In essence, in order that the labour class works conscientiously and to their full potential, it is most significant that their rights are protected to a maximum extent through:-
FIXING OF WORKING HOURS
As the labour class has to work under most trying under hazrduous situations and conditions and if they are exposed to these conditions continuously then their immunity too would be impacted adversely. Therefore, a fixed period of work is necessary. As a corollary to this end, 8 hours work schedule is fixed. Every organization, private or governmental should work according to this work. Any organization transgressing this, should be dealt with according to the law of the land. This is most significant since exposure for long hours at this critical juncture can put the lives of this working class to the jeopardy.
WAGES TO THE LABOUR CLASS
For the strenuous working schedule and the hard labour they put in like cleaning the sewerages, drains, lanes and by-lanes, it is must that they are duly compensated their fruits of labour. Keeping this class away from their wages or divesting them from their legitimate wages will prove counterproductive thereby leading to disastrous consequences . Besides, it would amount to demotivating them despite their hazardous work.
For keeping them in their sound health and wellness, of necessity, it is essential that they are provided medicare through periodical medical tests more so in this testing time of Covid-19 pandemic situation wherein they have to work while others have to stay indoors observing Covid-19 norms!
While the labourers have to work under difficult conditions, it is a must that their families too are taken care – they are provided medical assistance whenever they need, the families are compensated if and when they lose their bread winner due to the job hazards.
AFTER RETIREMENT BENEFITS
To ensure that when they attain the age of superannuation, the working class are given retirement benefits including insurance cover for the retired employee and their family as well. Wherever authorized, pensionary benefited with all other pecuniary benefits such as Provident Fund, Dearness Allowance etc should accrue to them as and when due.
HAPPY LABOUR DAY
A day most memorable
While we pay our tribute to class so respectable
A class which stands apart
For stellar contribution to the society at large
Without whom no community can move ahead
In a neat and clean environs
Our warm salutation
Originated from the deep recesses of our heart
To this special class for their part – so very significant.
Our grateful thanks to this special class of workers
Who are putting in their expertise in a most meaning way
In the varieties of industries
Farms and factories.
This labour class is the one who performs manual work most efficiently
Working physically so effectively
By working manually where our whole body is involved to fructify
The work assigned and done loyally
With honesty and sincerity
Along with utmost discipline, punctuality and regularity
Becoming excellent factor of production significantly
Involved to tilt the scale of production meaningfully.
In order that our labour class gets benefit due to them
From the work they perform so very efficiently
Formal Labour Laws are devised duly
With active participation of trade unions
and the organization
Which are formalized by the Government concerned
Where the rights of the labour classes
Along with the duties of the management
Are codified to be followed to the letter and spirit
For the overall benefits of workers
As the wages for the employed labour
And the organizations concerned
Puts in their capital to start the venture for more production.
There are certain impediment which are presently observed
With the automation and computerization
Including the e-communication as a recent phenomenon
Wherein more reliance is placed on machine
Thus replacing manual labour to a maximum extent.
Laws are formulized tellingly
To save the interests of the labour class effectively
Involved in the industries
Or any other ventures such as working in the fields
Involved in ploughing, sowing, watering plants
Removing weeds, harvesting the crops
Picking of fruits from the fruit trees
And finally taking the produce – the fruits of the labour
To the market places for selling the produce.
Then, it could be making of furniture
For use in offices and in our homes
Or construction of buildings
In other words, you mention anything or everything
The contribution of working class is most significant.
It may be unskilled work
Or skilled work
Which involves labour work
As the means to fructify the work.
There may be sometimes
Conflict of interests
Between the labour class and the organization
Which could be sorted out amicably
Tripartite consultation formally
By association or participation of workers
Owners and the Government agencies.
1st May is construed as the Labour Day
When we renew our promise to be fulfilled
To stick to the proposal of eight hours of work
Along with honouring the commitments
Made with the working classes who work manually.
The contribution of labour class in Covid-19 pandemic stands tall
The working class is involved in keeping our streets neat and clean
Besides performing the work related to sanitizing
The nooks and corners of the city streets so very appreciably.
Without their active participation
We could not have achieved the task of keeping
Our workplaces and streets neat and tidy
While we sit at our homes comfortably
This labour class is working punctually
As their work schedule begins starts in the early morning
And lasts till the end of the schedule of working.
Hence our profuse salutation
A most deserving one
To these most astute working class
Who with their manual work has made a huge difference
In our life at this hour of most trying situation and condition
They put on their work without caring for their own protection
Therefore they deserve our salutation.