Kathmandu- The International Workers’ Day, is being marked across the country today. The Day is being marked since 1890 in recognition to the 1986’s workers’ movement that demanded respect to work in the US.
All across the world, the Day is marked organizing various programmes that put pressure to the government and employers that workers’ rights including proper wage as per the change be respected, so that they can live dignified life.
In Nepal, the International Workers’ Day is marked relating to the workers’ movement in Biratnagar in 2007 BS. With the advent of restoration of democracy in 2046, this day is given emphasis, allowing public holiday.
The umbrella organization of active trade unions in Nepal- Joint Trade Union Coordination Centre (JTUCC) is bringing all workers together to mark the Day.
Rallies would be emanated from various places of the capital city and reach the Bhrikutimandap for a programme. The programme is being addressed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Vice-President of the Nepali Congress, Bimalendra Nidhi, Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum, Upendra Yadav, Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista, according to JTUCC Chairman Binod Shrestha. Shrestha shared that the workers would launch the pressure campaign to make the industrialists to ensure social security and minimum wage in line with contribution based security scheme.
Govt’s scheme to address workers’ demand The government had announced the contribution based social security to the workers some months back. As per the scheme, a worker’s minimum wage is fixed 13,450 per month.
The workers are entitled to assistance under the categories of medical checkup, maternity safety, accident, security to dependent family members and the old age people. In order to ensure a worker’s right to minimum remuneration, the employers are obliged to pay them through bank account.
The social security scheme was launched in order to implement the fundamental rights.