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The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), in observance of National Heritage week, today (October 9) staged the first of three cross-island lectures to highlight the role of trade unions in the development of the country.
Delivering the lecture at the Jamaica Conference Centre, President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), Dwight Nelson, guided some 250 high school students from the corporate area through the history of trade unions and their impact on national development.
Senator Nelson said “development of a nation required the preservation of our culture” because it is the essence of nationality. He said essentially, the role of the trade union movement has upheld the recognition of identity as key to independence and upward mobility.
Noting the struggles of cultural icons such as freedom fighters who resisted labour exploitation as examples, Senator Nelson pointed out that beyond agitation for improved wages, the advancement of the national labour force has been the underpinning aim of trade unions in Jamaica.
The lectures, facilitated by the Opposition Senator, is open to the public, and will be repeated at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay on Tuesday, October 10, and on Thursday, October 12 at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville.
The JNHT will also host the annual Heritage Expo at Seville Park in St. Ann on Wednesday, October 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will be effigies of the national heroes, a lecture and demonstration on the evolution of Jamaican dance, a fashion show, and demonstrations of archeological finds.