Sri Lanka president calls for unity in work towards good governance

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has pledged to further strengthen workers’ freedoms and called for unity in the common cause of working towards good governance.

In his message to mark the International Workers’ Day on May 1, Sirisena called on working people to “move ahead with their commitment to the causes of good governance” which his government pledged to foster after his election in January.

“As we celebrate May Day this year, we are indeed fortunate in having established a democratic environment in Sri Lanka, where workers enjoy the rights of assembly and protest in an atmosphere of peace both in the work place and society,” Sirisena said.

“This occasion is celebrated by the workers of the world being the anniversary of a great struggle for the rights of the working people which took place in the United States of America, and has been since recognized as the day of working class solidarity through the world.”

The government will further strengthen the rights and freedoms of the working people and work towards “the complete eradication of their exploitation,” Sirisena said.

 “We should build unity with commitment to this cause,” Sirisena said. “We should also move ahead to achieve the further expectations of working people. I call on the working people of Sri Lanka to move ahead with their commitment to the causes of good governance.”

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