Nurses Association Labour Day Message:
Fellow labour unionist, colleagues in the nursing profession, and all workers in Antigua and Barbuda, I deem it a privilege and an honour to celebrate with you Labour Day 2021.
As our country faces challenging times and we learn how to cope and function within the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, the front-line workers, our nurses, as well as other healthcare workers, continue to labour tirelessly and sacrifice for love of humanity and country.
Moreover, nurses in Antigua and Barbuda continue to function in a pivotal role at all levels of the healthcare spectrum, in order to mitigate against the effects of this dreadful pandemic that threaten our daily lives and sources of existence.
This indeed was driven home when our fraternity was dealt a hardblow when one of our fellow colleagues became a casualty of COVID-19 while being in active duty.
To this end, as we celebrate Labour Day 2021, the Antigua and Barbuda Nurses Association is looking forward to seeing our government come to the realisation and recognition of the invaluable and selfless contribution that nurses have made and continue to make towards national health and safety.
Firstly, we look forward to our government showing gratitude for the invaluable services rendered, and justly rewarding such service.
Secondly, today, celebrated as workers’ day, we call on our government for support in seeking and implementing innovative ways to retain our most skilled and valuable nurses, to ensure that the healthcare facilities and services in Antigua and Barbuda can meet the healthcare needs of the populace.
Finally, we also call on our government to ensure that the working environment in which nurses and other healthcare providers work are maintained and fully equipped with the necessary tools and equipment needed to provide the best quality of healthcare services.
In conclusion, I take this opportunity to salute all nurses and nursing personnel in Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean and the world.
The sacrifice, love and care that has been exhibited, especially during this global pandemic, is exemplary and commendable.
I encourage you to continue fighting the good fight; I encourage you to continue running the race; and, most importantly, I encourage you to remain faithful to the great and noble profession of nursing. I conclude by wishing all workers in Antigua and Barbuda a Happy Labour Day!