Jamaicans to restore, preserve and beautify as country observes Labour Day

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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PRESERVING national monuments will be the focus of today's Labour Day activities to be observed under the theme 'Restore, Preserve, Beautify'.Several Labour Day projects are expected to take place across the island, including two national projects, focusing on the refurbishing of The Ward Theatre and Central Police Station, both in Kingston.

The Ward Theatre, which sits in the heart of downtown Kingston, has been idle for close to a decade, while Central Police Station, which has held some of the country's most notorious criminals, has over the years deteriorated.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his Labour Day message, said culture and security have a synergy that might not be immediately evident, but noted that a kinder, gentler, more cultured Jamaica, proud of its heritage, is one that is organically secure.

“Our culture should deepen our bonds and reduce our tensions. Culture uplifts and inspires and clears away the fog of divisiveness and bitterness. It nurtures that spirit of love and caring that really represents the quintessential Jamaican,” he said, while encouraging Jamaicans to go out into communities and display the spirit of volunteerism.

The prime minister hailed members of the working class, noting that government's economic policy is to advance welfare and to improve standard of living.

“Workers can have confidence that they have a bright future and that things are aligning in their interests.

At the same time, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips stated that Jamaica's survival in today's global economy is due primarily to the efforts of workers.

“Every day thousands of Jamaican workers in agriculture, in tourism, in our factories and stores and our call centres, as well as the members of our security personnel, bus and taxi drivers, teachers, nurses, civil servants and numerous others keep Jamaica functioning.

“We pay tribute, as well, to the workers in the financial services, the music industry and other service providers. They provide the services that are essential to our survival as a country and many earn the foreign exchange that keeps our economy afloat.

“Without our workers and their efforts we would not exist as a viable country and a vibrant society,” Phillips said.

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