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Labour Day message: Increase productivity to boost economic growth - Holness

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 5:41 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) and other members of his party tour Gregory Park in Portmore, St Catherine today.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness 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.