Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday announced an increase in the minimum monthly wage of workers by Rs.1,000 to Rs.8,000.
Gilani said pension, debt and marriage grants will also be increased. He was addressing a gathering here on the occasion of May Day Tuesday. The move is part of a new labour policy.
He also ordered regularisation of contractual workers in Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd.‚ Capital Development Authority and the Higher Education Commission.
Gilani said: "The day is observed globally to pay tributes to the workers and labourers of Chicago for the sacrifices they rendered for attainment of their rights."
He said the concept of agricultural, industrial and socio-economic development is incomplete without contribution of labourers, workers and farmers, Geo TV reported.
The global strides in industry and agriculture are owed to the hard work of labourers and farmers, he added.