Working class faces the most challenges – President


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says International Workers’ Day comes at a time when the world’s working community is facing greatest challenges.

Addressing the nation to mark May Day, the President said during the past three years, the group that faced the most serious challenges in the country has been the working class.

“They are also the ones who were resilient in the face of all these challenges and made great commitments to strengthen the national economy. The day-to-day challenges they face are even more intense today. The government is taking various approaches to liberate the people from this situation and alleviate the oppressive nature of the situation.”

The Head of State noted that the loss of foreign exchange has created many issues, adding that managing all these factors is the way to solve the issues.

He said that instead of following up on who is responsible for the current problematic situation, what the government needs to do now is to focus on what action can be taken to provide immediate relief to the public, and also to go for the most appropriate and efficient programme to find solutions to the burning issues of the people.

“Bearing the responsibility of creating a better future for the people of this country, as the Head of State and on behalf of the people I invited the leaders of all political parties to work together,” he said, adding that their goal is to find solutions to existing crises by resorting to methods that can alleviate the suffering of the people.