The Lao Federation of Trade Unions on 26 January marked the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions Day (1/2/1956-1/2/2017) in Vientiane Capital.
President of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions, Mr Pan Noimany, said that Lao labourers and civil servants rose up from under the dominance of colonial aggressors from 1893-1954.
The French forced Lao laborers to work 14-16 hours a day building roads. They worked very hard but with low salaries, and didn’t care about the health and well-being of the labourers.
Under the leadership of the Indochinese Communist Party, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia joined the fight for better working conditions.
In 1946, 50 workers at a tin mine in Phontiew village in Khammuan Province formed a trade unit to persuade their French employers to increase their wages and reduce working hours from 16 to eight hours per 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 Unions was established to promote unity, democracy, and work towards social equality.
Mr. Pan added that over the past 61 years of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions, Lao labourers have played an important role in contributing to socio-economic development and national safeguarding.
Source: Lao News Agency