Written by Staff Writer
01 May, 2020 | 1:17 pm
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the message says, “I wish to make use of this occasion of the International Workers’ Day to salute and pay my respect to the working masses who are making boundless sacrifices in the face of challenges before the nation caused by COVID – 19 outbreaks. 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. 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.”
He also added, “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, I am confident that their determination to create a better and just society will remain the same.”
The President reiterated that the government did not disrupt the daily life of the working people and steps will be taken to secure the daily livelihood of the workforce by ensuring the functioning of the production and service sectors while mitigating the effects of the epidemic.
Furthermore, he said that the May Day celebrations and processions will not be held this year, in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the health authorities.
Ensuring the pursuit to achieve just rights, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, “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. I salute the Sri Lankan working class.”
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