LAHORE - Political parties, workers, labourers, peasants and other segments of the working class will actively observe International Labour Day on today (Friday) by holding rallies, special meetings and processions across the country. The celebration of Labour Day, also called as May Day, has its origins in the Eight-hour Day Movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. To mark the May Day, public offices, banks and schools will remain closed, as it is a gazetted holiday across the country. The Pakistan Workers Confederation (PWC) has arranged programmes in all major cities of the country including Lahore, Quetta, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Multan and Faisalabad. In Lahore, the main function will be held at the Bukhtiar Labour Hall, which will be joined by other organisations as well including members and trade union representatives from the affiliated federations of PWC including Pakistan Workers Federation, All Pakistan Trade Union Federation, Muttahida Labour Federation and National Trade Union Federation along with workers of the various other trade unions including those of Wapda, Railway, PTCL, Passco, Oil and Gas, PWD, Irrigation department, banks and commercial units representing both private and public sectors, including women labour force. Participants of the events will pay homage to the martyrs of the Chicago. In different press releases, General Secretary Khurshid Ahmed and President Muhammad Yaqub of the PWC along with other leaders including Ch Gulzar Ahmed, Talib Nawaz and Yousaf Baloch, have fervently appealed to the working class to demonstrate unity for a joint struggle to establish a system based upon democracy, equality and fraternity and elimination of exploitation of common man.