Minister of Culture Olivia Grange says the Government is committed to protecting the rights of workers including ensuring that they have proper salaries, improved working conditions and increased benefits.
Grange indicated that significant progress has been made through the workforce, in both the public and private sectors, to secure peace, social equity, economic independence, prosperity and personal fulfillment for all Jamaicans.
“Today, once again, we pay tribute to our workers who continue to display resilience and determination throughout the year and those whose daily sacrifices contributed significantly to the economic stability in our communities and in our beloved country,” Minister Grange said.
Grange, was addressing the 2023 National Workers’ Week and Labour Day Thanksgiving Service at the Church of the Open Bible, Washington Boulevard, St Andrew on May 21.
She urged Jamaicans to participate in the range of activities that have been planned for Labour Day on Tuesday, May 23.
For his part, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Karl Samuda, urged Jamaicans to use their talents and creativity to the fullest and for the betterment of the nation.
Workers driving force of Jamaica’s economy
In his message delivered by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Colette Roberts Risden, he appealed to all employers, employees, and decision-makers to redouble efforts to promote an innovative, inclusive and prosperous future.
“Let us embrace technology’s ability to revolutionise society and use it to our collective advantage. We must ensure that our workforce is competitive, flexible and ready for the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead by supporting lifelong learning, encouraging creativity and adjusting to the world’s changing environment,” he said.
Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, said workers have been a driving force in Jamaica’s progress and must be recognised for their dedication, hard work and sacrifice.
“The tireless efforts of our workers have been instrumental in shaping the economic, social and cultural landscape of our nation,” the Governor-General said in his message delivered by Custos of St Andrew, Ian Forbes.