Head of State oversees First of May celebration

The national and international working population celebrated on 1st May the centenary of the International Labour Organization and International Labour Day. The Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, gave a speech to mark the two celebrations.

The peaceful demonstration took place on the esplanade of the People’s Palace in Malabo, in the presence of Constancia Mangue de Obiang, the First Lady, leaders of constitutional bodies, the Government, political parties and the General Secretaries of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro and Jesusa Obono, together with employees and employers from the national business sector.

The protocol order included speeches from the Equatorial Guinea Workers’ Organisation, business leaders and the unions.

There was also a message from the Director General of the ILO and a speech from the Minister for Work, Employment Promotion and Social Security, Celestino Bakale.

These two figures presented a commemorative plaque and a sash to the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, as a sign of the recognition and appreciation of social justice and decent work promoted by the leader of the nation throughout the history of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

They also awarded prizes to the best workers and companies in 2018.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his words, and following a short summary of the history of work in humanity, spoke of employee-employer relations, which should be based on mutual respect. In addition, he referred to the training of human resources for quality employment, and expressed his rejection of the practice of corruption.

On 1st may this year the international community is celebrating the centenary of the ILO, an organisation created through international political will in order to seek social justice and human rights.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has been a member of the ILO since 1981, in order to guarantee equality, solidarity, occupational health, the fight against child labour and discrimination; an unequivocal sign of its commitment to social justice and an appreciation of work.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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