As the country observes Labour Day on May 23, former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller is encouraging Jamaicans to join in giving back to their communities and country through voluntary service.
The Opposition Leader is urging all citizens of Jamaica to take part in contributing to a healthier, cleaner and nicer country.
“Let Labour Day this year be a time of new resolve to continue doing everything we can to build our families, communities and our nation.”
“Let us combine our efforts this Labour Day 2016 to make every nook and cranny of Jamaica healthy, clean and nice,” she said yesterday in a press release.
The Opposition leader said that over the years the annual Labour Day projects islandwide had benefited many children’s homes, parks, schools, hospitals, health centres, police and fire stations and other facilities.
She lauded those who have volunteered the time and resources to improve their communities and country.
Labour Day 2016 will be observed under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake, Keep it Clean’ and the activities that are planned will focus primarily on clean-up projects as well as the identification and elimination of mosquito-breeding sites.
“The theme is a call to action. It is a call for all citizens to work together to ensure that we safeguard the health of our families,” said Simpson Miller.
Portia Simpson Miller used the occasion to salute the early stalwarts and leaders of the trade union movement for their role in defending the rights and interests of workers in the country.
“Both Workers’ Week and Labour Day provide an opportunity for us to reflect on the struggles and sacrifices of Jamaican workers over many centuries. They have been instrumental in building the strong foundations for a better Jamaica,” Simpson Miller said.