Sunday 18 August, 2019

Let's Talk: Have Jamaicans forgotten the true meaning of Labour Day?

Volunteers participate in a clean-up exercise in St Andrew on Thursday.

Volunteers participate in a clean-up exercise in St Andrew on Thursday.

 Labour Day in Jamaica is about volunteerism and the community working together to enhance the nation through development projects.

The holiday was spawned out of the local labour movement which has its origins in the 1938 labour strike for better working conditions.

However, it seems that the main purpose of Labour Day has been lost among some Jamaicans - especially, younger people - who view the day as an opportune time to relax or party.

Against that background, Loop News took to the street on Labour Day to ask people whether the holiday has lost its meaning over the years. Among those who spoke to Loop News was Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips.

Watch the video below for the responses.

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