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Jamaica to commemorate 80th anniversary of 1938 riots


Jamaica to commemorate 80th anniversary of 1938 riots

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KINGSTON – The Jamaica government says it will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1938 labour protests and establishment of the Labour Department during Workers’ Week that will be observed here from May 14.

Labour Minister Shahine Robinson, said that Workers’ Week, which will be held under the theme Preserving Our Legacy…Unfolding Progress, is dedicated to honouring those who participated in and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the 1938 labour uprising.

She said the protests symbolised the birth of collective efforts towards better working conditions and higher wages adding that “Jamaica would not be where we are today without the strong display of fortitude, resilience and devotion of these workers”.

Robinson said that the Labour Department’s achievements will also be highlighted during the week.

“We want to include the contributions made by former Labour Ministers (as we believe) their contributions to nation building must be recognised,” she added.

Among the activities planned for the week include the Ministry of Labour collaborating with its partners to host public fora on several topics such as The Modern Day Labour Movement; Reparations; and Productivity.

The government said that commemorative ceremonies will be held at the Workers’ Monument in the capital, the site of the 1938 riots, as well as the Workers’ Park in Westmoreland.

“These sites reflect our historical and cultural identity as a people, and, as a Government, we will continue to celebrate the legacy with a floral tribute and beautification to reflect the pride and honour… they deserve,” she said.

Workers’ Week will culminate on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23, which will be observed under the theme Ramp It Up… Fix It Up. (CMC)