President Gotabya Rajapaksa has saluted and paid his respects to the working class, who he said are making boundless sacrifices in the face of challenges before the nation caused by COVID – 19 outbreak.
In his message for International Workers’ Day, commemorated today the President said, many were the challenges we faced and overcame throughout history. In each such instance, the working class in the country is the segment that was directly affected and at the forefront. History has proven their resilience and commitment, which, indeed is a great credit to the working class.
President Rajapaksa said it is certain that we will win the battle against COVID – 19 as we had conquered all the difficulties in the past, hand in hand with the working class.
The International Workers’ Day is an opportunity to showcase the unity, strength and revolutionary spirit of working people to the world. The global working community has lost the opportunity to celebrate May Day this time due to the global pandemic. Nevertheless, as the President, I am confident that their determination to create a better and just society will remain the same.
Our government, despite difficult circumstances, did not disrupt the daily life of the working people. We do not allow any room for such a situation to occur.
Similarly, we will take steps to secure daily livelihood of the workforce by ensuring the functioning of the production and service sectors while mitigating the effects of the epidemic, the President said.
He went on to say that last year the working class of our country had to forego May Day celebrations due to the Easter Sunday carnage. Even though we have ended that inhumaneness, due to an unexpected world epidemic situation, this time too, May Day celebrations and processions will not be held. This decision was taken according to the guidelines prescribed by the health authorities.
Nevertheless, we should pursue the struggle to achieve just rights. May the aspirations of this International Workers’ Day further enhance the courage for the collective efforts of rebuilding the Sri Lankan nation and the economy of the country, the President concluded. (Colombo Gazette)