Scores of Projects Registered Ahead of Labour Day

Photo: JIS Photographer Members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Engineering Regiment are assisted by several residents of Port Maria and its environs in painting the St. Mary Infirmary’s multipurpose building, during Thursday’s (May 23) Labour Day activities at the institution, designed the national project. Labour Day was observed under the theme: ‘Lend a Hand…Build our Land’.

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  • Several organisations and individuals have been registering their projects for Labour Day, Friday, May 23, 2014.
  • The public is being asked to register their Labour Day projects with the National Labour Day Secretariat by visiting the Labour Day website and filling out the registration form.
  • This year, the National Labour Day Project is the Portmore Climate Change Park.

Several organisations and individuals have been registering their projects for Labour Day, Friday, May 23, 2014. Dahlia Harris, Principal Director of Culture and Chairman of the National Labour Day Committee, has expressed satisfaction with the level of participation and engagement of the Jamaican people.

“The Labour Day Secretariat is quite pleased with the number of projects that have been registered so far. We are, however, still encouraging individuals, service clubs, schools and other organisations that have not yet registered their projects to still do so.” the Chairman noted.

The public is being asked to register their Labour Day projects with the National Labour Day Secretariat by visiting the Labour Day website and filling out the registration form at www.labourday2014.wix.com/labourdayja2014.

Ms Harris explained that the types of projects range from planting of trees, building construction, erecting of fences, renovations, painting of pedestrian crossings to basic raking and bushing. She also added that so far she has seen projects from all fourteen parishes across the island. This, she said, speaks volume to the emphasis Jamaicans place on improving lives and creating a better environment for us to live in.

Labour Day 2014 has also attracted financial support from the private sector. The latest is VMBS, who donated $350,000 towards work to be carried out at the Portmore Climate Change Park on Labour Day. In handing over the cheque to the Labour Day Secretariat on Monday, May 19th, Janice Mckenley, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Financial Officer, said, VMBS was excited to lend support to the national project, as it has had a long relationship with the Portmore Municipality.

This year, the National Labour Day Project is the Portmore Climate Change Park. The selection forms part of the country’s  sustainable development agenda, which seeks to address issues of climate change mitigation and adaption, waste water management and sewage clarification, green space development and environment protection.

The activities at the park will include, clearing of the land, bushing, planting of trees and the installation of solar lights.

Fifteen police stations have been identified by the committee in collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the parish councils, as the parish based projects for this year’s Labour Day.

 The stations which have been chosen for repair are, St. James-Spring Mount Police Station, Westmoreland-Whithorn Police Station, Trelawny-Wait-a-bit Police Station, Hanover-Lucea Police Station, Portland-Hope Bay Police Station, St. Mary-Richmond Police Station, St. Ann-Bamboo Police Station, Clarendon-May Pen Police Station, Manchester-Asia Police Station, St. Elizabeth-Black River Police Station, St. Thomas-Morant Bay Police Station, St. Catherine North-Shady Grove Police Station, South-Waterford Police Station, St. Andrew North-Gordon Town Police Station and Kingston Central-City Centre Police Station.

Labour Day, which concludes Workers’ Week, is being celebrated under the theme, ‘Take a Stand…Beautify our Land.’

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