This 1 May we celebrate the International Workers’ Day in a unique and extraordinary context: the deep social and economic crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is showing that the working classes are essential for the global economy to function, whilst at the same time underlining that their situation of vulnerability, exclusion and poverty mean this group is most affected by the health and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. The great challenge now is to assess whether the economic recovery to be undertaken in the wake of the pandemic will once again fall on the shoulders of working people and those who are excluded. Or, alternatively, will be an opportunity for much-needed structural reforms, in order to cover the basic needs of the population, facilitate social cohesion and put respecting human rights above protecting market power and the profits of banks and large corporations.
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