Working class deserves more national honours

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Dear Editor,

On the behalf of concerned citizens in Montego Bay and the citizenry across western Jamaica I am calling on the National Honours and Awards Committee to recognise for national awards more people from the working-class group who have contributed significantly to nation-building.

Many people will agree that, over the years, several of the recipients of national honours and awards were individuals from the upper echelons of society; leaving out the majority of working-class people who have rendered yeoman service in many ways for the improvement of the lives of the Jamaican people.

To be frank with you, these hard-working people referred to as the working class or labouring class are the ones contributing overwhelmingly to their various communities, with much achievement for that matter, and they deserve recognition by the relevant authority.

Clearly, these working-class people have continued to offer humanitarian service to the extent that it can be argued that they have emulated the characteristics of the national heroes who previously took action to change unjust situations.

At the same time, these working-class citizens are the ones who continue to sell their labour for small wages, and now they are eager that the relevant authority look out for their interests knowing that they form the backbone of the development of Jamaica.

These working-class citizens also want those from the capitalist class, who own the means of production, to employ social changes in order to stimulate and motivate wealth creation and enhance some form of upward mobility.

Overall, the relevant authority must now show deserved appreciation to these unsung heroes, the working class, in order to have a level playing field, instead of desperately protecting the capitalist interests.

In any case, come National Heroes' Day, many well-thinking Jamaicans across the country must be very proud of those patriotic individuals regarded as “the cream of the crop” in their field of endeavour, who will be given national honours and awards for their courage and commitment to nation-building.

Valentine Pearson

Cornwall Court

Montego Bay, St James

valenemepearson@yahoo.com

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