KARACHI - The speakers at different public meetings held in connection with World Labour Day urged the government to impose wealth tax to control price hike and demanded the immediate abolition of sales tax. They stressed upon the labours to speed up struggle for their rights. Representatives of different labour unions and civil society organisations addressed the gathering on the eve of World Labour Day on Thursday. Pakistan Trade Union Federation (PTUF) arranged public meetings at various places in the metropolis including KMC head office, Khamosh Colony and Nazimabad. President PTUF Kaneez Fatima, Yousuf Masti Khan of Nation Workers Party, Hasil Bezenjo National Party, Syed Islam Hussain, Roshan Kalhoro, Akhtar Hussain Advocate, Shaukat Advocate, Yousuf Masih, Pervaiz Jadoon, Anwar Qureshi and Makhdoom Ayub Qureshi spoke on the occasion while hundreds of the representatives of various labour unions, political parties and civil society organisation participated in the meeting. Addressing the gathering, Kaneez Fatima said the Pakistani labourers have been suffering for many years and their long-standing would only be solved through educating them and creating political awareness about their rights. She added the capitalism and feudalism are responsible for the miserable plight of the labourers. Fatima further said the PPP slogan "Rotti Kapra Makan" must be implemented practically and the political leaders who have been chanting this slogan should come forward and fulfil their promises by adopting policies to resolve problems of labourers. She said that PPP manifesto and the mission of late Benazir Bhutto were to provide relief to the labourers. "After the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, dismissal of hundreds of the employees from various government departments and threats of ejection to permanent residents of government quarters is not a good policy", she said. Fatima demanded the government to fix minimum salary equal to one gram of gold in the private sectors also. She welcomed the abolishing of IRO-2002 and demanded the restoration of IRO-1969. Yousuf Masti Khan applauded the sacrifices of the labourers of Chicago and said that Pakistani labourers should follow the footsteps of their Chicago colleagues in order to achieve their goals. He said that the labourers could not achieve their objective until the formation of government of the farmers and workers in the country. The speakers demanded the management of PC Hotel to immediately pay dues along with other benefits to the dismissed employees after their reinstatement. "Federal, provincial and semi-government employees should be promoted on seniority bases. After necessary reforms in local government system, all previous privileges of labourers must be restored. The role of middleman in industrial, agricultural and service sectors must be eradicated", he said. Railway Workers' Inqilabi Union (RWIU) also arranged a public meeting at Cantt Station, presided over by its president Manzoor Razi, PPP leader Taj Haider was the chief guest while other participants included PML-N leader Saleem Zia, Sheikh Majeed of Peoples Labours Bureau, Rana Aslam Advocate, Khadim Hussain Thaem of Communist Party, Ghulam Bhutti, Jan Alam Advocate, Tariq Mashwani, Muqaddar Zaman, Comrade Mehboob, Qaisar Ali Zaidi, Ghulam Mehmood and others.  The speakers demanded of the government to solve the prolonged problems of Pakistan Railway workers and those of other government and privet departments and provide them all possible relief. Later, renowned poets Nadeem Sabtain, Nusrat Khan and Safeer Ahmed presented their revolutionary poetry. A joint rally was held outside Karachi Press Club KPC in which Pakistan Institute of Labourers' Education and Research (PILER), Pakistan Fisher-folk Forum (PFF), Peoples Unity of Pakistan Post (PUPP), Pakistan Trade Union and its coalition organisations took part. The really was led by Sharafat Ali of PILER, Saeed Baloch of PFF and Manzoor Razi of Pakistan Railways Leader of Workers' Federation, Hussain Sabtain, and other participants chanted slogans against feudalism and capitalism. The fishermen, who took part in the rally, burnt their fishing net outside the KPC. The participants were also carrying banners and placards bearing slogans for their demands. The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) also staged a rally and urged the government to increase minimum wages to a reasonable to enable daily wagers to provide basic facilities to their families. President UNISAME, Zulfikar Thaver, said the union is confident that government will increase minimum wages. He invited urgent attention of the government to the soaring prices essential items, including food, transport and accommodation, saying it is the duty of an elected government to fulfil its promises of providing food, clothing and shelter to the working class at cheaper rates. He urged the government to enhance social security, education and job opportunities to provide much-needed relief to the masses. Zulfikar urged the government to establish a bank for financing the small entrepreneurs and lamented that SME Bank is being privatised instead of widening its operations to promote the small businesses. Other speakers questioned the role of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) with regard to job creation, training and product improvement and urged the government to strengthen SMEDA and expand its activities to grass root level throughout the country.