“We are celebrating, on this 24 February, the anniversary of the creation of the General Union of the Algerian Workers in 1956 and that of the nationalization of hydrocarbons in 1971. They are two dates of a great symbolic significance,” said the Head of State in a message on the occasion of the double anniversary of the creation of the Trade Union and the nationalization of hydrocarbons, read on his behalf by Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh.
“We commemorate them every year to galvanize our determination to take up today’s challenges and build Algeria of tomorrow,” added President Bouteflika, underlining that “these two historic achievements are the holders of a lesson which must guide our daily behavior as they concretely reflect the Algerian people’s capacity to excel themselves each time they commit to achieving an objective determining their fate.”
“This commemoration aims also at inspiring our youth with the ambition to invest in the national building process,” he added.
For the Head of State, “the heroic struggle of workers for the liberation of the nation from colonialism and their courageous mobilization which allowed winning the challenge of hydrocarbon nationalization, on 24 February, were stressed by the sacrifices of the Algerian workers in the black decade to defend production and allow the survival of our economy in the face of terrorism violence outburst. By doing so, they showed that they are and remain the worthy guardians of the legacy of the heroes of the national labor movement from Aissat Idir to Abdelhak Benhamouda.”
President Bouteflika paid tribute “to the women and men of November, these workers who gave hope and opened new prospects to our country, as well as to those who defeated terrorist violence and gave their lives to allow our country to survive and overcome its ordeal.”