Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging Jamaicans to increase their productivity as part of the overall thrust to boost economic growth.

Prime Minister is urging Jamaicans to increase their productivity as part of the overall thrust to boost economic growth.

In his Labour Day message, Prime Minister Holness says the government has reformed the tax system so that workers are not penalised for working and earning an income.

The government is to increase the personal income tax to $1 million come July and the threshold is to go up to $1.5 million next April.

The government says the move is to benefit more than 200,000 Pay As You Earn workers.

The Prime Minister says the Government takes a sense of pride on this Labour Day noting that it has fulfilled its commitment to the working masses.

Holness says the government hopes that Jamaicans will use the tax relief to increase their productivity.

On May 23 each year, unless it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, Jamaicans celebrate Labour Day by volunteering their time and energy towards the beautification and enhancement of communities across the island.

A national holiday, Labour Day has been officially recognised in since 1960. However, it was the events of 1938 which opened a new era in the life of the working man of all classes and brought about a fundamental change in the relationship between the workers and their employers in Jamaica. From this change emerged a new order of effective trade unionism which would eventually lead to the formation of Jamaica’s two main political parties and ultimately to its Independence from colonial rule.

Ever since 1939, Jamaica has paused on May 23 to recognise the value of work and the immense contribution of the workers to the development of the country.

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