ALGIERS, May 1 (KUNA) -- Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika underlined Monday his government's commitment to respond to the workforce demands including improvement of their income.

In a message on occasion of the Labour Day celebrations, he was quoted by the Algerian News Agency as saying that fighting unemployment is top priority for his government that succeeded last year in cutting the unemployment rate to 13 percent.

He said his government is allowing special concern to the occupational problems by way of issuing different legislations including averting occupational risks, improving social security services and concern to development.

Bouteflika also reiterated his conviction over the need to make the national reconciliation process a success.

Concluding he urged all countrymen to be on the guard during this critical stage and stand up to the current challenges to forge a robust and flourishing economy.

Algeria celebrated today the international Labour Day amid very critical conditions stemming from the predominant political, social and economic turmoil that was touched since Bouteflika came to power in 1999.

Negotiations since last April are going on between the government and the Public Labour Union with the aim of raising wages the minimum average of USD 70 per month.

Algeria committed to workforce demands - Bouteflika