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Labour ministry clears air on Labour Day date switch

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 12:02 PM

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has explained why Labour Day will be observed on Monday, May 25 this year instead of the usual May 23.

Director of Legal Services at the Ministry, Camille Bennett-Campbell, told JIS News that the Parliament framed the law dealing with Labour Day to ensure that it is commemorated on a working day of the week.

Bennett-Campbell noted that this was in honour of the 1938 labour uprising when workers protested the conditions under which they worked.

With May 23, falling on a Saturday this year, it will be observed on the following Monday inkeeping with this stipulation.

Meanwhile, the law provides for Emancipation Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to be celebrated on a Monday, when they fall on a Sunday.

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