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PM’s May Day Message Calls For Unity In Fight Against COVID-19

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended hearty best wishes to the workers within the country and abroad on the occasion of May Day 2020.
In his message, the PM has said May Day is the day that commemorates the movement started by the trade unions to put to an end the excesses and exploitation by the employers and the workers across the world have been marking the Day since the last 131 years as the International Labour Day. He said the Day has been established as the day to maintain balance between work, rest and recreation of workers.
“Nepal’s labour movement has been celebrating this day as the day commemorating all the movements that have been waged for the ‘dignified, prosperous and creative’ life of workers. We have been marking this day as a celebration of ‘unity and achievement’ of Nepali workers over the last some years. May 1 is also considered the day to discuss the achievements made in the ‘world of work’ and to resolve for fulfilling the remaining works,” the PM stated.
“However, at the threshold of this May Day we are involved in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and our immediate efforts are centred on resolving the problems created by this pandemic.”
Noting that this year’s May Day is being marked in a different form in the context of the lockdown enforced to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister said, “Like in the 210 countries affected by the pandemic, the mainstay of our country’s production system is disrupted at present.”
The PM described the present lockdown as a global phenomenon and a mandatory one, adding that this has to be accepted due to the coronavirus which has adversely affected the construction, employment and production. “This context has created a new situation which all classes needed to seriously understand the relation between work and production as well as its significance. Labour is the basic thing and life the primary thing. The present reality has made it clear that capital and technology without labourers is meaningless.”

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