Jamaicans have been called upon to increase the nation's productivity levels even as they reflect on the accomplishments of workers during this year's Labour Day and Workers' Week celebrations .
The call was made by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, in a message read by his Chief Technical Director, Errol Miller, at the National Workers' Week and Labour Day Church Service held today (May 19) at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ, on Camp Road in Kingston.
National Workers' Week and Labour Day 2013 is being observed under the theme "Lend a Hand…Build our Land."
"Let us work smarter, use the resources, processes, technology and energy more efficiently and effectively and find ways to eliminate waste in our homes, work places and communities," the Minister urged in his message.
He also noted that productivity is the key to improving the standard of living, boosting economic performance and enhancing growth and development.
"For far too long, Jamaica's productivity has been lagging behind most countries in the Latin American and the Caribbean," he noted.
Reflecting on the theme for Labour Day, Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, urged Jamaicans not to wait until someone is dead before showing how much they are appreciated. "But let us start lending a hand to the vulnerable while they are alive," she added.
Addressing parents, guardians and care-givers, Minister Hanna urged them to inculcate values and attitudes in our children that would build good community spirit.
"Let us continue to teach them that the best value system that you can have is to help those that are not able to help themselves. Jesus said it best, do unto others as you would have them do unto you," she said.
Guest preacher was the Vice Chairman, committee for the Promotion of National Religious Services, Dr. Patricia Holness. During the service, lessons were read by Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, representing Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and Senator Arthur Williams, representing Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness.
The service was organized by the Committee for the Promotion of National Religious Services in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.
National Workers Week will be observed from Sunday, May 19 to Thursday, May 23, which is National Labour Day.
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