The Dominica Freedom Party wishes to express solidarity with the Trade Union Movement and workers in Dominica, the region and internationally on the observance of Labor Day 2021. We therefore commend the leadership in the movement and the workers in particular, in Dominica, and elsewhere at all levels of work engagements for their steadfastness and contribution in serving others, facilitating the movement of goods and services, enabling in many instances sustainability and development
As union members observes labor day this year, it is worth noting that the first labor day celebration was held in New York City on September 5, 1882; one hundred and thirty (139) years ago, and for us in the region the commemoration can be dated as far back to June 7, 1942, in the Bahamas, that is almost eighty (80) years ago. This is a significant milestone for the trade union movement regionally and internationally.
Given that rich and long history, it is always important to take stock of the achievements made over the years, and in doing so, even as we observe and celebrate the day, be mindful of the present environment in which we operate and to be cognizance of the challenges and uncertainty ahead. This no doubt, will allow for the opportunity to be able to identify the collective actions needed to respond to these challenges, to solve problems and to improve the lives of working people.
We therefore, must at all times recognize and appreciate the legacy of our pioneers and those who continue to respect the rights of workers and their bargaining agent the “Trade Union Movement” while holding true to the rules of fairness and justice at all times. We as a country should seriously discuss the minimum wage and take the necessary action to bring some resolution to this important matter
As we observe another May Day celebration, we are doing so amidst the Covid-19 pandemic which has and continue to present very challenging times for workers and more so, for you the front-line workers in Dominica and globally. There is no doubt, that Covid-19 has brought upon working people since last year an immense pressure, as well as on all the sectors of society namely; health services, employers, including businesses at all level, impacting negatively the economies of; Dominica, the region and the world over.
The Dominica Freedom Party remains hopeful that the labor movement will continue to champion the causes of working people and that notwithstanding the many challenges confronting workers and their unions during these times, will continue to be that voice speaking on and defending the rights of workers.
The DFP take this opportunity to thank and expressed our deepest appreciation to the many frontline workers here in Dominica, as well as the region and internationally for the tireless efforts and commitment in working towards keeping us safe during this pandemic. Even as we celebrate, let us all be vigilant in continuing to maintain and observe all of the health protocols needed as we together combat this deadly Corona virus.
Our solidarity to all working people.