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Solidarity Center trains Labor Union leaders, others

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Solidarity Center, a USAID – funded program, over the weekend concluded a three-day intensive training of representatives from several organizations here on human trafficking and hearing resolutions of dispute.

Solidarity Center is the largest U.S. – based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe workplaces, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community.

The organization also seeks to address knowledge gaps on grievance procedures and processes among the Ministry of Labor (MOL), Labor Commissioners and Hearing Officers, Union Leaders and Grievance Officers.

The Solidarity center (SC) – led workshop started on 22 January, and another phase of the workshop will be held from 27-29 January to highlight principles of good governance and review the legal provision that protects workers’ rights.

It will also review mechanisms and processes for resolving grievances in a union setting. For the first meeting, a total of 11 Grievance Officers, 13 Labor Commissioners and three Hearing Officers participated.

Addressing reporters following the workshop at the offices of Solidarity Center in Mamba Point, Deputy Labor Minister for Manpower Planning and Human Resource Development Atty. Phil Tarpeh Dixon, said that the Government of Liberia is pleased to coordinate with Solidarity Center in building the capacity and knowledge-gaps of labor commissioners and hearing officers of the Ministry.

He stresses that the training also provides an opportunity to union leaders in several parts of the country to be trained in how they can proceed in the resolution of complaints or grievances arising from management and workers at various workplaces.

Deputy Minister Dixon then expresses gratitude to Solidarity Center for assisting the government in building the human resource capacity of key state and non – state actors to effectively perform their functions using the knowledge acquired during the training.

Several participants including the Chairman of Labor Commissioners of Liberia Mr. Johnson Quaqua; Labor Commissioner of Rivercess County Joseph J. Zennoh; and Madam Felecia M. Doe, Grievance Officer at GAAWUL/CRC of Maryland County, disclosed that the workshop has brightened their knowledge on human trafficking and grievance procedure and hearing.
They further that the training also acknowledges them on the differences on issues like complaint, grievance, and human trafficking.

According to the officials, union leaders, grievance officers, and labor commissioners lacked the knowledge, but the training has now increased their knowledge on fighting human trafficking.

The officials thanked Solidarity Center for the knowledge acquired, promising to implement everything acquired from the training. By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley