Labor Congress demands equal redundancy
Congress (LLC) is demanding the government of President George Manneh Weah to ensure that migrant workers in Liberia be redundant proportionately as Liberian workers.
The LLC made the call during observance of the International Labour Day on 1 May, or “May Day.”
Speaking at the J. B. McGill Labour Center in J. J. Y., Gardnersville Township under the Theme: “Uniting Workers for Social Justice and Economic Advancement,” LLC President General Mr. Alfred B. Z. Summerville requests government to abolish the Contract System that suffers workers and undermine the Decent Work Act.
The LLC urges that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), signed between Workers and Management be respected and enforced by the Ministry of Labour.
The statement also encourages the Weah-led administration to identify key development priorities that need to be pursued in the interest of the working people.
The LLC wants civil servants to be granted the rights to be certificated by the Ministry of Labour as National Trade Unions; and make the International Labor Day a national holiday in Liberia.
Further, the LLC expresses opposition to the rise of the United State dollars against the LRD which stands at LRD$175 to US$1.00.
LLC recommends that the government develops new policies that will stimulate job-led growth, saying the surest way to confront poverty is through the creation of jobs for citizens.
Earlier, the Keynote Speaker of the occasion Madam Massa Dennis of the Lone Star Communications challenged government to strengthen institutions of governance and enforcement.
She said government must empower and protect the country’s labor unions and workers to speak out without fear of retribution and design a corporate system in which all economic rights are equally protected, not only the rights of stakeholders.
The occasion brought together a representative of the Minister of Labor Moses Y. Kollie, the Filed Programs Specialist of Solidarity International Madam Deddeh Tulay, among others.By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley