President Mahinda Rajapakse states that the responsibility of our day is to ensure that the working people of Sri Lanka are not divided regionally whether Northern, Southern or Eastern but come together for the country, under the single national flag of unity.
Issuing a special message in lieu of International Labour Day, the President also noted that the people of the North and East, who were denied even the right to life during three decades of terrorism, today enjoy the right to celebrate May Day in freedom.
The President added that the country is now on the correct path of sustainable development, which will take both city and village towards progress and prosperity with speed, in the absence of conflict.
His Excellency also noted that he values very much the manner in which our working people, setting aside all differences, have aligned themselves behind the progressive policies of the government to achieve the goal of development and have correctly understood that such unity will secure the sovereignty of the country and ensure economic success.
Prime Minister D M Jayaratna in his message states that in Sri Lanka’s context it is more appropriate to introduce May Day as the day of the people who love the country.
The Premier added that it is with great pride and pleasure that Sri Lanka who achieved its current position through dedicated and arduous sacrifices of the working class and as a government which stands by their needs and aspirations, share the joy of this May Day.
Meanwhile the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in his May Day message, points out that the working class is marking the May Day, in the back of facing “severe hardships”.
He added that this May Day is a symbol of solidarity between all nationalities.
Minister of Labour and Labour Relations Gamini Lokuge in his May Day message states that the manufacturing and service sectors have been improved countrywide, due to the country being freed from terrorism.