February 1, 2011
(KPL) More than one thousand of Vientiane residents joined a walk for health at the Patuxay (victory arch), on 29 January to mark the 55th anniversary of Lao Federation of Trade Union’s Day (1/2/1956-1/2/2011).
President of the Lao Federation of Trade Union, Mr. Khamla Lorlonsy said that the Lao labourers and civil servants rose up from under the dominance of colonial aggressors, in 1893.
The French forced Lao Laborers to work 14-15 hours a day building roads. They worked very hard but low salaries, and they don’t care the Lao Labourers’ health and well-being.
Under the leadership of the Indochinese Communist Party, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia joined for fighting for better working conditions.
In 1946, 50 workers at a tin mine in Phontiew village in Khammouan province formed a trade unit to persuade their French employers to increase their wages and reduce working hours from 15 to eight a day.
They also called for holidays, and access to educational opportunities, healthcare and better living conditions.
On March 22, 1955, the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party separated from the Indochinese Communist Party, and then on February 1, 1956, the Lao Federation of Trade Union was established to promote unity, democracy, and work towards social equality.
Mr. Khamla added that over the past 55 years of the Lao Federation of Trade Union, Lao labourers have played an important role in contribution of the socio-economic development and national safeguarding.
The walk for health was participated by Mr. Samane Viyakhet, a Politburo member, Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith and other Deputy Prime Ministers.