The leadership of the Liberian Senate headed by Senate President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie and aggrieved staffers have reached a compromise that the 16 months salary arrears owed staffers will be duly paid thru three installments.
They reached the agreement Wednesday, January 20, following a protracted meeting in the William Richard Tolbert Joint Chambers of the Liberian Legislature, where both aggrieved workers and Senate leadership debated, argued and later arrived at the terms of payment.
The leadership was represented by Pro-Tempore Chie, Senators Milton Teahjay of Sinoe County; NyonbleeKarnga Lawrence, Grand Bassa County; Prince Moye of Bong County; Emmanuel James Nuquay of Margibi and Saah Joseph of Montserrado County, respectively. The aggrieved workers were represented by spokesman Charles Brown.
They have been demanding 16 months’ arrears, which according to them have accumulated to over LRD1 million, threatening to protest if the senate failed tro pay the amount.Pro-Tempore Chie promised to meet with the workers next Wednesday to conclude on the stage of payment and how it will be executed.
Earlier, aggrieved staffers had threatened to protest on the day of President George Weah’s Annual Message, which would have caused serious embarrassment for the first branch of government.
Prior to the dialogue between the two parties, the spokesman of the aggrieved workers Charles Brown besieged the government’s assigned motorcade of Pro- Tempore Chie on the grounds of the Capitol.
Spokesperson Charles Brown and two colleagues were seen lying under the motorcade of Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie and vehicles of other senators. Editing by Jonathan Browne