NIC-ICTU Statement for May Day

1 May 2020

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Speaking as trade unionists across the globe celebrate the International Workers’ Day, ICTU Assistant General Secretary Owen Reidy Commented:

“This years’ May day will be like no other. Instead of coming together with work colleagues and families we must remain apart to fight the Covid19 virus. But many will reflect and celebrate May Day together, even if virtually.

“This years’ May Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect. To reflect on the value of our public services, to reflect on the necessity of a more interventionist state and to reconsider who are and how we perceive and value all of the essential workers that remain at their posts, risking their own safety to keep us all safe.

“This pandemic also creates the dynamic whereby we need to seize the moment to rebuild a different economy and a better society as we emerge from this crisis.  One that puts economic justice, fairness, equality and inclusivity at the centre of everything we do. There is an obligation on the wider labour movement to now come together like never before, to advocate, to persuade and to help create such a better and new inclusive economy and society for all. Happy May day to all.”