Evolving out of the labour riots in Jamaica in 1938, meant to secure the rights of workers, the stage was set for what is now recognised as Labour Day on May 23 annually.
Labour Day in Jamaica took on additional meaning in the 1970s when then Prime Minister Michael Manley urged Jamaicans to do volunteer work on the day in furtherance of community and national development.
“Let’s put work into Labour Day,” Manley said at the time.
The commemoration now attracts the attention of corporate bodies, volunteery groups and individuals, adding their contribution to the development of Jamaica by engaging in social projects and building a culture of kindness.
This year was no different as activities took place islandwide.