Islamabad: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq today said that nation's economic strength and vigor is determined by the status and standard of living of its labour class, and protection of their rights. He said this in his message on May Day being commemorated world over on Sunday.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the labour class plays a vital role in the development and progress of a country; therefore, it is essential to ensure their welfare and payment of proper and timely remuneration for their services. The Speaker said that Islam lays a great emphasis on the welfare and proper award of labour. He said that all the civilized societies in the world have legislated to ensure the rights and welfare of their labour force.

"We are observing May Day with a resolve to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of labour and to pay tribute to the valiant and heroic struggle of the workers of Chicago who sacrificed their lives for the fundamental rights of their fellow workers," he added. The Speaker said that Pakistani labour force is rendering valuable services and contribution in the economies of other countries and was a great source of our foreign exchange earnings.

He said that the present democratic government is pursuing labour friendly policies and have legislated for ensuring welfare of the labour class in the country. The Speaker said that rights and duties go side by side and urged the labour class of the country to work hard with devotion to harness the country's immense resources for the prosperity and development of the country and its people.