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Get back to true essence of Labour Day - Lloyd B

Published:Monday | May 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Western Bureau:

With holiday breaks seen as a time for entertainment for youths in Jamaica, politicians are urging that the country get back to the true essence of Labour Day and get to work in communities.

"It is no secret that over the years, Labour Day has lost much of its significance," member of parliament for Central St James, Lloyd B. Smith, lamented during the Workers' Week and Labour Day National Church Service yesterday at Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay.

There is a notable presence of entertainment activities planned for the upcoming public holiday on Wednesday, something Smith argued has helped to fuel the lack of interest in volunteerism and community service on Labour Day.

"Indeed, so many of our young people do not fully understand the meaning of Labour Day. A part of our responsibilities as leaders is to ensure that we refocus on the essence of Labour Day, which is to go out in our communities and lend a helping in hand," he said.

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