KARACHI - Senator Raza Rabbani announced on Friday to introduce labour policy on April 10, 2010 in the country and added the contract system in all institutions of the country would be abolished soon. He was addressing a labour gathering organised by Pakistan Railway Workers Union here at Railway School Cantt Station on the eve of World Labour Day. Rabbani said that conspiracies were being hatched to topple the present democratic government in the country but the labourers would effectively counter all nefarious designs of the hidden elements. He added that PPP was the only party in Pakistan that twice sacrificed its government while defending the rights of the poor, however, some remnants of the Musharrafs regime were still conspiring against the present democratic set-up. He announced that all ordinances, denying the labourers of their rights, would soon be abolished. He added that on the next Labour Day, all of the labourers and workers of the Railways department, sacked by the previous government, would be reinstated. Central leaders of Railways Union including Manzoor Razi, Junaid Awan, Iqbal Tanoli, Saeed Ghani, Habib Junaidi, Sheikh Majeed and others also spoke on the occasion. Meanwhile, KESC Employees Union organised a seminar at Karachi Press Club. Speaking on the occasion, Vice President PML-N, Senator Mushahidullah Khan strongly criticised labour policy of the government and said that contract employees in the KESC and other institutions had not been so far made permanent despite tall claims of the rulers. He said that present government could not complete its tenure most of its leaders came into power though NRO. He added that the present rulers were unable to provide justice to the common people. Khan said that before assuming power, the ruling party had promised to conduct trial former President General (R) Pervez Musharraf and former PM Shaukat Aziz but, ironically, it provided them safe passage to escape. He alleged that coalition government in Sindh was responsible for current violence in Karachi. He added that even the Chief Justice of Pakistan was not allowed to enter the metropolis without their permission. In his address, Rasheed A Rizvi, President Sindh High Court Bar Association, lauded the sacrifices of Chicago labourers in 1886 when they launched an aggressive struggle for their rights. He added that Pakistani labourers should follow their footsteps to achieve their goals. He said that for decades, Pakistani rulers had been hatching conspiracies to divide the labourers on ethnic basis. Veteran politician Mehran Mohammad Khan, labour leader Kaneez Fatima and others also spoke on the occasion. Several other labour unions and human rights organisations in the City also organised rallies and seminars in connection with the World Labour Day and to remember the Chicago labourers movement and paid tribute to their historical struggle. They demanded the immediate implementation of the Labour Charter that was put together through consultation and consensus of over 65 representatives of national trade unions, labour organisations, grass-roots workers movements, civil society organisations and labour/human rights activists from all the four provinces of Pakistan. The Labour Charter 2008 had been submitted in the parliament urging the government to take immediate action on the issues adversely affecting the workers. The Labour Charter demands rights of freedom of social security in both formal and informal sectors, extension of coverage of the Minimum Wage law, repeal of anti-labour clauses from legislation, framing of laws for home-based and domestic workers, strengthening of existing mechanisms of tripartite consultation, ensuring health and safety at workplaces and implementation of laws, rules and collective bargaining to all workers, and universal coverage regulations. The Charter demands all labour laws to be brought in conformity with the ILO Conventions ratified by the government over the decades. All Pakistan Trade Union Federation (APTUF) Sindh Chapter held a public gathering in which representatives of civil society, socialists, leaders of labour unions and political leaders expressed their views. The speakers included Senator Raza Rabbani, Yousuf Masti Khan, Hasil Bezenjo, Advisor of CM Sindh Rashid Rabbani, Habib Junaidi, Fareed Awan, Qadir Mandokhail and others.