ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated the government’s commitment to take all measures possible, including strengthening of labour laws, for enhancing the welfare and living standards of workers and their families. The prime minister, in his message on the Labour Day globally observed on May 1 every year, said the contributions of Pakistan’s workforce must be recognised. “I truly believe that our workforce is an extremely important pillar of society, playing a pivotal role in its socio-economic development,” he said. The prime minister said Labour Day is observed to honour the workers for their long and arduous struggle. The Day provided an opportunity to recognise and pay tribute to the contributions the workers had made to progress, prosperity and well-being of their respective countries, he added. The prime minister said the government’s goals of fast and inclusive growth leading to a modern and industrialised economy could only be achieved through a committed, hardworking and skilled workforce. He congratulated members of the country’s workforce, in both the private and public sectors, for their contribution and untiring struggle. “Our belief in the dignity of labour is stronger than ever and we are cognisant that only a prosperous and happy workforce can enable Pakistan in realising its full potential and compete in today’s highly competitive globalised market economy,” the prime minister said. “Workers and employers are our social partners. On this day, I reaffirm the government’s commitment to protecting the dignity of labour and pay special tribute to them for their concerted struggle and the indispensable role they have played in the nation’s socio-economic progress.” The prime minister also extended his heartiest congratulations and earnest wishes to the entire workforce in Pakistan.