GENEVA, (Pakistan Point News - 01st May, 2021) Guy Ryder, Director-General of International Labour Organisation (ILO), called on workers, employers, governments, international organisations and all who are committed to building back better, to join forces to bring in a world of work with justice and dignity for all.
In a statement issued to mark the International Workers’ Day, on 1st May, Ryder said:''This year we again celebrate May Day under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has devastated the world of work, destroying jobs, enterprises and livelihoods, throwing millions into poverty and global development into reverse. And like most crises, it has hit the weakest and the most vulnerable, the hardest, making an unequal world even more unequal.'' The pandemic and its consequences are a stark reminder of global interdependence. That applies to health as much as it does to our working lives, he noted.
''Solidarity is key to our common survival and prosperity, within borders and across borders. As we deal with today’s crisis and look to the future, one thing is clear: we need a human-centred recovery, with justice and equity, a recovery that is sustainable and inclusive of all.'' Building back better means making deliberate and coherent policy choices: to generate jobs and do a short, decent working conditions for everybody; to extend social protection; to protect workers’ rights; and to use social dialogue.
We salute them, just as we mourn those whose have lost their lives, but, we must never sacrifice our values of social justice, nor our fundamental rights at work, nor our determination to build the better future which, is the meaning and the purpose of those who have celebrated May Day around the world for so many years.'' ''In many ways, the pandemic has brought darkness to our lives and made that task more difficult. Yet, it has also brought new possibilities that we can and must pursue.
The flux of crisis gives us space to rethink, make new choices and new commitments for people, for planet and for prosperity,'' he concluded.