2 May 2014

Gambia: May Day Reflections

editorial

Gambians on Thursday celebrated the International Workers' Day, generally referred to as May Day. This day was born out of a struggle for shorter work days - a demand of major political significance for the working class. Although the demand for higher wages appears to be the most prevalent cause for the earlier Workers' Days, the question of shorter hours and the right to organize were always kept in the fore when workers formulated their demands against the bosses and the government. As exploitation was becoming intensified and workers were feeling more and more the strained of inhumanly long working hours, the demand for an appreciable reduction of working hours became more pronounced.

Each year, the rest of the world joins the International Labor Organization to remember the plight of workers across the globe and those who struggle to ensure that the working class is not alienated exploited at work. In The Gambia, it has been traditional for all the workers to converge at one place to rejoice among themselves and reflect on the prevailing peace, progress and prosperity flourishing in the country. This is because The Gambia has engendered a climate that allows workers to become part of their institutions, as measures are put in place that bar the exploitation and marginalization of the workers from their work. As we organize yet another commemoration of Workers' Day, we should utilize the day to cement our loyalty to the state and our institutions of work, share with love ones, friends and families and continue our immense contribution to the advancement of humanity.

In recognition of the importance of the Workers' Day and its significance to all of us, we wish the entire workforce of the country, irrespective of designation, gender or color, a happy moment in celebrating the Workers' Day. Accordingly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish our employees fruitful and fulfilling Workers' Day celebrations. We share this important day with you as we strive to build a Gambia that is devoid of discrimination and exploitation of workers.

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