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Labour Day vibe declining

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Labour Day has lost its significance and has now become a marketing tool by corporate Jamaica. The pride and joy that residents generally display in Labour Day projects has decreased significantly over the years.

Ten years ago, residents would be seen all over doing what they can to improve their community. In the rural district where I grew up, the school would be our major project, and whether the member of parliament or the councillor funded a project, residents would use what they had to make a difference.

This was seen by residents cleaning drains, clearing overgrowth, painting pedestrian crossings, or just giving their communities a facelift. This they did just to be a part of a Labour Day project and feel the pride and joy of doing something for their communities and country at large. This experience has slowly disappeared.

Labour Day projects generally involved both the employed and the unemployed, the young, the old, persons with disability - everyone was just eager to do something for their country. Now, Labour Day is a day when persons go to the beach or stay home and sleep.

I really don't have a problem with corporate Jamaica's contribution; I would just want it to be improved in such a way that everyone can participate. As a country, there are some things that we don't have to look to government or corporate Jamaica for. We can brighten the corner where we are as we show love to our children by taking care of our environment.

Thank you, corporate Jamaica, for your contribution. Share your experience so that more of us will have an opportunity of giving back to Jamaica.