November 18, 2013
Damascus, (SANA) – General Federation of Trade Unions on Monday honored 647 workers for excellence in productivity.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi, Assistant Regional Secretary of al-Baath Party Hilal al-Hilal, a number of ministers, members of al-Baath Party Regional Leadership, Governors of Damascus and Damascus Countryside, and party, union and vocational figures.
In a statement to journalists, Premier al-Halqi said that the working class is the most important pillar of the achievements made under the Correctionist Moving, and that this class is becoming more productive under the leadership of President al-Assad.
He lauded the efforts of Syria's workers who helped bolster Syria's steadfastness by building, producing and protecting their facilities, resulting in many of them being killed or injured at the hands of terrorists.
Al-Halqi appreciated the role of workers, particularly in the electric power sector, in preserving the dignity, sovereignty and independence of Syria alongside the Armed Forces, voicing hope that Syria will witness more security, stability, construction and achievements.
He said that the history of the working class in Syria is an honorable one marked by knowledge, faith, creativity and innovation, and that this class is still the basis of building national economy and achieving comprehensive development.
In turn, member of al-Baath Party Regional Leadership and head of the General Federation of Trade Unions Mohammad Shaaban Azzouz said that the sacrifices of workers, Armed Forces, security forces and the masses will pave the way to victory, noting that throughout the crisis in Syria, there have been more than 3,500 workers who died working and defending their facilities from terrorism.
Azzouz said that the Syrian people's steadfastness and support for the Syria Army forced mercenaries and conspirators to surrender, asserting that the Syrian people are the only one who may choose who leads them.