The International Trade Union Confederation Africa has commended health and other essential workers world over who, despite the challenges remained resolute in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
General Secretary of ITUC-Africa Kwasi Adu-Amankwah in a statement to commemorate the International Workers Day 2020, said these particular workers deserved full recognition and the right to organise and better conditions of work.
The statement reads: ” This is the international day of remembrance and action for workers who have been killed, become disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.
“This year, ITUC-Africa joins the ITUC to commemorate the day under the theme ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’. We take opportunity of this day to recognize and applaud workers on the frontline of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We pay homage to healthcare workers who continue to sacrifice and risk their lives to save others. We also commend essential services and goods workers who have to continue working during these difficult periods to ensure that life can go on at all.
“These include workers in electricity and water provision, food producers, traders, sales attendants and cashiers, bank workers, drivers and motor riders, waste pickers, cleaners, security and media personnel. In these times of real crisis it is so evident how essential the goods and services these workers provide are.
“As we recognize the noble work by these gallant women and men, we pay special tribute to those workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty during these tough times – they are the real heroines and heroes of the working class!
“To remember these martyrs and our noble essential workers, we ask all affiliates to join in commemorating the day through any of the actions below:For all workers – to show your solidarity to ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’, send a photo of a candle you light in your homes or workplaces in solidarity with frontline workers making our lives possible.”