JIS News

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has stated that heightened community awareness and a spirit of volunteerism must be rekindled among Jamaicans in the forward move towards national development. She was speaking at Jamaica House on Thursday (May 4), at the official launch of Labour Day 2006 under the theme ‘Jamaica’s beauty – Our duty.’
She said leadership should not be limited to the formal structure of governance but that community leaders should seek to make a difference as had been done in the past. She said that responsibility for national development should not rest only with elected representatives, but that there are some things which must emerge from the people such as the determination of their priorities, civic pride and activities to safeguard the environment.
Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the country’s workers and the trade union movement for their collaborative efforts over the years that have led to the enactment of labour laws in Jamaica which, according to the Prime Minister, were among the most progressive in the world. She said that despite the difficulties that exist, all the stakeholders remained committed to the preservation of industrial harmony and a relatively stable environment.
The National Labour Day project will involve the beautification of Water Square in the historic town of Falmouth, Trelawny and will include landscaping, painting and the erection of signage. Mrs. Simpson Miller said she expected the activities at Water Square to be fully replicated in towns and communities across the island.
Activities to mark Labour Day are being coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture under the chairmanship of Dr. Wykeham McNeil, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture. Other speakers at Thursday’s launch included Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture Hon. Aloun Assamba, Minister of Labour and Social Security Hon. Derrick Kellier, President of the Joint Confederation of Trade Unions Senator Dwight Nelson and Opposition Spokesman on Labour Mr. Rudyard Spencer.