International Workers' Day is commemorated worldwide today to mark the introduction of eight-hour work shifts and the labour-oriented social movement that followed.
President Maithripala Sirisena in his May Day message said, on this day the working class world over commemorate the victories won after sacrificing their blood, sweat and tears.
May Day signifies the pain suffered by the working class -labouring in factories, farmhouses and other places of work, even though they are an integral part of the labour force.
He said Since the SLFP victory in 1956, the working class in Sri Lanka has won most of their rights and now there is a more progressive movement in the country, today,
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his May Day message states that Unions of the labour must ideally give priority to safeguard the rights of the workers instead of focusing on political agendas.
Issuing a message for the May Day he noted that such a farsighted vision would not only empower the workers but also serve the best interests of the country.
He said: “as a nation, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that their commitment is valued and appreciated, their welfare is assured and that the proper environment is shaped to enhance their contribution to society”.
According to the Prime Minister, the Government is willing to set the stage for such a progressive move with optimism and honesty.
Prime Minister wished the labours a renewed sense of hope not just to overcome the challenges at their work places but also to overcome the challenges they face in life every day.