May Day observance turns Rangpur division festive

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RANGPUR, May 02, 2019 (BSS) – Observance of the historic May Day-2019
through colourful programmes and with participation of thousands of working
people turned all eight districts of Rangpur division into festive places
yesterday.

The day was observed with a pledge for building excellent relation between
owners and workers, ensuring just rights, welfare and workplace safety of
working people to increase productivity and achieve the sustainable
development goals (SDGs).

The district and upazila administrations, Directorate of Labour,
organisations of workers, labourers, professionals, socio-cultural, political
and volunteer and human rights activists chalked out daylong programmes in
observance of the day.

The programmes included hoisting of the national and organisational flags
and red flags, releasing balloons, bringing out colourful rallies,
processions, human chains, serving improved diets to workers, discussions and
cultural functions.

In Rangpur city, Regional Labour Officer of the Directorate of Labour
jointly with district administration brought out a rally on the city streets
giving the city a festive look followed by a discussion at Town Hall
auditorium and cultural function.

Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Joynul Bari attended the discussion as the
chief guest with Acting Deputy Commissioner Ruhul Amin Mian in the chair.

Deputy Director of Regional Labour Office Mohammed Sadekuzzaman delivered
welcome speech in the discussion participated by government officials, owners
of factories and industries and working people.

Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and
Establishments under the Ministry of Labour and Employment Soma Roy discussed
importance of the historic day.

District Council Chairman Advocate Chhafia Khanom, Police Super Mizanur
Rahman, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Syed Enamul Kabir, Senior
Vice-president of Rangpur Chamber Mostoba Hossain Ripon, Labour Affairs
Secretary of district Awami League (AL) Gawaherul Islam, its Office Secretary
Tauhidur Rahman Tutul, President of district Chhatra League Mehedee Hasan
Rony, President of district unit of Jatiya Sramik League (JSL) Abdus Salam
Sarker, President of city JSL Rostam Ali, among others, spoke.

On the other hand, dozens of organisations of working people brought out
series of colourful processions on the city streets chanting slogans in
favour of working people.

Leaders and workers of district and city units of Jatiya Rickshaw Van
Sramik League, Jatiya Bidyut Sramik League, Samajtantrik Sramik Front, Motor
Sramik Union and Sommilito Garments’ Sramik Federation, Sommilito Garments’
Sramik Federation, Electronic Sramik Union, Truck and Tank Lorry Sramik
League, Karmojibi Nari, Electric Sramik Kallyan Samobaya Samity, Krishi-Farm
Sramik Federation, Dokan Karmochari Union participated in the processions.

The district and city units of Awami League (AL), its associate bodies,
Communist Party of Bangladesh, JASOD, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal,
Ganatantry Party, Workers’ Party and many other trade organisations also
observed the day.

Later, the District Motor Sramik Union (DMSU) organised another discussion
on Kamarpara Dhaka Coach Stand premises in the city with its President Tazul
Islam Mukul in the chair.

Organising Secretary of district AL Advocate Anwarul Islam addressed the
discussion as the chief guest while General Secretary of DMSU and city unit
of JSL Abdul Mazid took part as the main discussant.

The speakers called for reducing wage discrimination to improve living
standard of working people and build excellent relations between owners and
workers for upholding real sprit of the historic day.

According to reports received here today, the day was observed through
similar programmes in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Gaibandha,
Panchagarh, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur districts of Rangpur division.