Solidarity is Key to Our Common Survival: ILO on May Day

Solidarity is Key to Our Common Survival: ILO on May Day
01/05/2021 , by , in News/Views

In a statement issued to mark May Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls on workers, employers, governments, international organizations 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.

“This year we again celebrate May Day, International Workers’ 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. No one is safe until everyone is safe. No one can afford to be indifferent to the situation of others in the face of the fragility of the interdependent world that we have constructed. 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.

On this International Labour Day, the ILO calls on workers, employers, governments and international organizations, everybody committed to building back better, to join forces, to bring in a world of work with justice and dignity for all.

 

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