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Solidarity is Key to Our Common Survival and Prosperity

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In a statement issued to mark May Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, calls on workers, employers, governments, international organizations and all who are committed to building back better, to join forces to bring in a world of work with justice and dignity for all.

This year we again celebrate May Day, International Workers’ Day, under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has devastated the world of work, destroying jobs, enterprises and livelihoods, throwing millions into poverty and global development into reverse.

And like most crises, it has hit the weakest and the most vulnerable, the hardest, making an unequal world even more unequal.
The pandemic and its consequences are a stark reminder of global interdependence.
That applies to health as much as it does to our working lives.
No one is safe until everyone is safe.
No one can afford to be indifferent to the situation of others in the face of the fragility of the interdependent world that we have constructed.
Solidarity is key to our common survival and prosperity, within borders and across borders.
As we deal with today’s crisis and look to the future, one thing is clear: we need a human-centred recovery, with justice and equity, a recovery that is sustainable and inclusive of all.
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