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PM bats for workers with mobility challenges as country marks Labour Day

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 2:52 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in hailing the contribution of those past and present who have fought for the advancement of workers' welfare, said the government would be ensuring that those with mobility disabilities are not left behind.

"As a nation, we must ensure that no one is excluded because of inadequate facilities to support their mobility," the prime minister emphasised in his Labour Day message.

Holness said this was the reason for this year's theme: "Ramp it up... Fix it up". He said ramps would be installed in 126 schools and a number of health centres across the island to improve access for those with mobility challenges.

The prime minister said the aim of the government was to pursue policies that advance the welfare of workers and the standard of living of Jamaicans in general.

"In the same way, we are ensuring that all Jamaicans can have physical access and mobility by building ramps to public buildings, so it is, that your government is building economic ramps to employment which will give you social mobility," he said.

"It is the goal of this Government that no one is left behind and that there is equal opportunity for every Jamaican to use their God given labour through meaningful employment to self-actualise," Holness continued.

The prime minister used the opportunity to highlight figures which point to a reduction in the country's unemployment numbers.

"More Jamaicans are now employed than any other time in our history, giving our people a real chance at their economic independence - a real chance to step up in life," Holness said.

Official figures show that Jamaica's unemployment rate fell from 13.7 per cent in April 2016 to 9.6 per cent as at January 2018.

Youth unemployment also declined, moving from 31.2 per cent in January 2017 to 23.8 per cent in January 2018, representing a decrease of 7.4 percentage points.