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Ensuring peoples prosperity is the best tribute to working class-President

The best tribute we can pay on this International Workers’ Day to the former leaders of the working people and the sweat and tears of our workers is to ensure the prosperity of the people and the country, President MahindaRajapaksa said.

It is my wish that the support hitherto extended to the Government by the working people would continue to be given to overcome the challenges before us in achieving development and protecting national unity, President said in his message to mark the International Workers’ Day.

“It is also noteworthy that we have seen to the dawn of a time when 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.

It is the responsibility of our day 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,” President added.

Full text of the message:

I extend my warm and comradely good wished to the Working People of Sri Lanka who today celebrate International Workers’ Day, together with working people throughout the world.

We have great pride at the worldwide recognition received for our labour standards and practices that fully honour and observe the conventions and agreements of the International Labour Organization.

We have successfully raised the current pace of economic growth in the country to 8.3 per cent. As the moving force behind this success the working people of our country fully deserve all honour and pride for this achievement. Therefore, it is now the time for them to participate in the victorious celebration of International Workers’ Day.

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. Similarly, the Government is paying necessary and proper attention to the needs of the farm, field and workplace. Necessary regulations are in place for security of employment, health and welfare of working people, all of which are targeted towards development.

I value very much the manner in which our working people, setting aside all differences, have aligned themselves behind the progressive policies of Government to achieve the goal of development. They have correctly understood that such unity will secure the sovereignty of the country and ensure economic success.

It is also noteworthy that we have seen to the dawn of a time when 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.

It is the responsibility of our day 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.

We see the continued emergence of diverse conspiracies to drag the working people and country to the depths of destruction. I am confident that, as in the past, the working people of today too, would defeat all such conspiracies based on narrow political aims and opportunist self interest, to strengthen and protect their unity and rights.

I believe that the best tribute we can pay on this International Workers’ Day to the former leaders of the working people and the sweat and tears of our workers is to ensure the prosperity of the people and the country. It is my wish that the support hitherto extended to the Government by the working people would continue to be given to overcome the challenges before us in achieving development and protecting national unity.

Victory to the Working People and the Trade Union Movement! courtesy: President’s Media Unit

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