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Holness: Not much had changed for workers before BITU

Published:Monday | July 8, 2013 | 8:54 AM

Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness has highlighted the work of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union saying before its establishment not much had changed for Jamaican workers.

The BITU was founded in 1938 - 100 years after slavery was abolished in Jamaica.

Holness made the remarks yesterday, while speaking at a church service in Clarendon to mark the JLP's 70th anniversary and the 75th year since the establishment of the BITU.

Holness has lauded Former Prime Minister, Alexander Bustamante, the founder of both institutions.

However, he has criticised the governing People’s National Party over the impact of price increase on working class Jamaicans and says his party is working to establish a balanced society in which there is compensation for ability and productivity.

He said the JLP is the party of choice for Jamaica and its peoples, based on it records of service from securing Jamaica’s independence and setting a course for national development.

The JLP and the BITU have planned a week of celebrations to mark their milestones.


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