In a statement by the Presidential Communication Directorate, President Magufuli said he was aware of the commitment and dedication that workers in Tanzania have towards serving Tanzanians, saying the government will continue improving working conditions.
The head of state said cerebrations for the day have been cancelled as a part of efforts to control the spread of the disease which has so far claimed 16 lives in the country with 480 infected.
“Fellow workers I congratulate you for this day, we are together, I acknowledge the god job you are doing, may I request you that during this trying time of fighting Covid-19, let us continue working never will this disease be a reason to stop serving Tanzanians, I believe God will take us out of this,” said President Magufuli.
The President called upon the workers to apply all their ability at their work places so that Tanzanians continue benefiting from the services they are offering while they take precautions.
The President hailed all employers both from the private and public sector and for the job well done and asked them not to use the pandemic as a reason to mistreat workers.
International Workers' Day, also known as May Day or Labour Day in some countries is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year.
Last week President Magufuli also announced the cancelation of this year's Union Day and Labour Day celebrations on, April 26, and Friday, May 1, respectively, due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Union Day is held to commemorate the anniversary of the Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania, whilst Labour Day celebrates both workers' rights and the changing of the seasons.
President Magufuli redirected the money set aside for the holiday celebrations to go toward fighting the coronavirus in the country.