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Labour Day Jamaica 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

May 1 is reserved by many countries as Labor Day, but Jamaica annually celebrates this holiday on May 23.

The date was chosen to commemorate the labor rebellion, that arouse in 1938.

Observation of Labor Day appeared in 1961, when Empire Day, celebrated on May 24, was abolished.

Chief Minister of Jamaica Norman Washington Manley proposed to replace Empire Day with Labor Day with the commemorative celebrations held on May 23.

By 1938 Jamaican laborers were underpaid.

This led to breaking out of several strikes across the country.

The workers asked only for better wages.

One of the prominent figures of the strikes was St. William Grant (St. presumably means "sergeant").

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