Monday, August 8 is a ‘normal work day’, says labour ministry

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Ministry of Labour and Social Security on Thursday issued a statement advising the public that Monday, August 8 “is a normal work day”.

This advisory comes as many Jamaicans have been urging the government to allow the August 6 Independence holiday to be observed on Monday.

Jamaica will be celebrating its 60th year of Independence on August 6.

Several social media users have asked Culture and Entertainment Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and other government officials to appeal for a Monday holiday in honour of this momentous occasion.

However, according to the Labour Ministry, “Sections of the Holidays (Public General) Act, and the Schedule to said Act, provide that Independence Day shall be celebrated on the 6th day of August. However, where August 6th falls on a Sunday, Independence Day is to be observed on the following Monday. This year August 6th falls on a Saturday. Consequently, Monday, August 8, 2022, is a normal work day.”

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