“For our Government, these are the legacy of the past and the challenges we will address every day of our work. We will work to make this history of injustices from the past a clear cut and a major turning point. The course of the future will be that of employment, of creating virtue and dignity of work “, wrote on his social account on Facebook, Prime Minister Albin Kurti, on the occasion of May 1 – Workers’ Day.

“We have won by promising employment and justice, now we will work to bring both of these, especially in the labor market. We will create conditions that enable and facilitate the creation of new jobs and we will approximate the labor market with vocational education. We will work with priority on the employment of women, youth and non-majority communities. We will take measures that ensure that every job is with a contract, with paid pension contributions and has no more than 40 regular working hours per week “, wrote Kurti.

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MAY 1 RETURN TO WORK AND DIGNITY

The days marked on the calendar are times when one should reflect on what we mark. On what has been achieved and what remains to be done. May 1 is exactly from these dates, a moment of reflection on the past and re-emphasis of the vision for the future.

The history of work in our country, as in the world in general, is closely related to injustice, obstacles, oppression, and exploitation. The pre-war socialist system sometimes exploited us, and sometimes deprived us completely of the right to work. The post-war neoliberal system on the one hand expropriated and de-industrialised us, and on the other hand created rifts between work and education by producing unemployed students and jobs for which there are no trained workers.

However the work did not stop, despite the high unemployment we have. But the distribution of the fruits of labor was not done as they were created – the collectively produced wealth was appropriated and accumulated individually. Thus some multimillionaires were created, while the vast majority who were honest workers either work in harsh conditions or quickly become unemployed as they are easily replaceable. And the importance of these workers we have best seen during this pandemic: without the work of doctors and nurses, police and firefighters, bakers and pharmacists, cleaners and salesmen, the capital of millionaires has no value. Although he too is nothing but work accumulated by most, but appropriated by some.

For our Government these are the legacy of the past and the challenges we will address every day of our work. We will work to make this history of injustices from the past a clear cut and a major turning point. The course of the future will be that of employment, of the creation of virtue and dignity of work.

We have won by promising employment and justice, we will now work to bring both of these especially to the job market. We will create conditions that enable and facilitate the creation of new jobs and we will approximate the labor market with vocational education. We will work with priority on the employment of women, youth and non-majority communities. We will take measures to ensure that every job is contracted, with paid pension contributions and has no more than 40 regular working hours per week. We will increase the number of inspectors fivefold to ensure safety at work and to ensure the correction of injustices that may be done to workers in their workplaces. We will initially increase the minimum wage to 250 euros, we will exempt it from pension income tax,

Our government will be a close partner of the workers’ organization. We will ensure that the development of the economy and the re-industrialisation of the country go hand in hand with the improvement of the conditions for trade union organization of workers, especially in the private sector where such a thing is extremely necessary. We will work together to enable workers to be employed, their work virtue and dignity.

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