A special thank you to the workers on the coronavirus frontline on May Day

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

President George Vella has thanked all workers for their contribution to the country’s well-being, saying that a country without natural resources must always be grateful to all its workers for the progress it achieves.

In a message for Worker’s Day, Vella spoke highly of the capabilities of the Maltese workers. A number of non-governmental organisations and unions have also expressed their gratitude towards workers in Malta.

President Vella and the organisations releasing statements to mark 1 May have thanked all the workers on the frontline.

“No work or profession is inferior to another”

In his message for Workers’ Day, President Vella underlined that each profession and skill was necessary and that no work or profession was inferior to another, making all jobs equally important. He emphasized that Malta does not have natural resources and was entirely dependent on its workforce.

President Vella spoke highly of the capabilities of the Maltese workers and urged more women to join the workforce. He noted that workers in Malta were able to adapt themselves quickly to changing situations, and were not afraid of the technological advances and scientific developments which brought about new challenges.

This year’s Workers’ Day is being marked worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic with various countries still under total or partial lockdown. President Vella noted that this year’s Workers’ Day was being marked during a time when many were facing redundancies while others have already lost their job or had their wages cut. He praised companies who are holding on to their employees and also thanked the government for its assistance. The coronavirus pandemic did not only spark a worldwide public health emergency but has exacerbated a global economic crisis.

President Vella said that once the pandemic was over, workers must work hard to see that the economic wheel starts to turn again. He also thanked all the workers who are directly or indirectly involved in dealing with the pandemic.

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