Labor Rights Being Trampled on: AAFTU
KABUL – On the eve of International Labour Day falling on May 1, the All Afghanistan Federation of Trade Union (AAFTU) chief alleged on Wednesday workers’ rights were being trampled alike by private and government sectors. Joblessness was rising in Afghanistan with each passing day and the government had done nothing for the labour community during the past decade, Dr. Liaqat Adil, head of AAFTU, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview.
International Workers’ Day is a world-level event and it is marked to commemorate the 4th of May, 1886, in Chicago. It is a key event of that year when workers were on strike for their eight-hour work day and police were doing their job of dispersing the general public.
Suddenly, a bomb was thrown into the crowd by an unidentified person and then police started firing at workers and four demonstrators were killed. Adil congratulated the labour community on commemorating the day and underlined the need for greater unity among labourers to protect their rights.