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Jamaicans are being called on to help the most vulnerable as they commemorate National Labour Day on May 23 this year, under the theme ‘Lend a Hand…Build our Land’.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made the call as she officially launched National Workers Week and National Labour Day, on Monday, May 13, at Jamaica House.

Mrs. Simpson Miller announced that National Workers Week will be observed from Sunday, May 19 to Thursday, May 23, and encouraged everyone to demonstrate respect for the workers of Jamaica through the promotion of their rights and responsibilities.

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Labour Day and Workers’ Week 2013 are being celebrated against two significant milestones, the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Labour Day by former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Michael Manley, and the 75th anniversary of the birth of the modern Trade Union Movement, following the labour riots of 1938.

Recalling the historic labour unrests, the Prime Minister said those events serve as a compass for the Government to improve the lives of the people.

She invited all Jamaicans to join hands in helping to “build our land” on Labour Day 2013, “one project at a time, one step at a time, along this our journey towards economic growth and national development.”

“Let increased levels of productivity and a resolve to improve the lives of the vulnerable among us be the hallmark of Labour Day and Workers Week 2013,” Mrs. Simpson Miller urged.

In the meantime, Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, announced that the national project will be the St. Mary Infirmary in Port Maria.

“We will be working closely with the Mayor, the Parish Council and Social Development Commission (SDC), together with community organizations and individuals to upgrade this facility, so that our infirmed may feel loved, cared for and protected,” Minister Hanna informed.

Contact: Andrea Braham