Several workers’ unions in the country last weekend launched an Ebola awareness campaign. The unions participating in the exercise included the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union, United Workers Union of Liberia, Liberia Labor Congress, Arcelor Mittal, China Union Workers, in collaboration with the Movement for Labor Right and Justice, with the help of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
Mr. C. Alfred Thomas, President General of the Liberia Labor Congress of Liberia, who officially launched the awareness, said the primary aim of the exercise is to ensure a united force in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus. He urged workers to attach seriousness to the campaign against the deadly disease, utilizing the necessary preventive methods.
Mr. Harris Kerkula, President of the Firestone Agriculture Workers Union or FAWUL noted that the campaign was facilitated by the Labor Union of the USA following an appeal during his visit. According to the Secretary General of the United Workers Union of Liberia, David Sackor, the amount of $ 10,000 Canadian dollars or US$8,000 was made available for anti-Ebola training at the work place and in their communities in Monrovia and its environs.
He said following the training, the workers will be given buckets, soap, chlorine and other items to prevent Ebola in their respective communities by sharing with others. According to him, workers on the field will be given US$80.00 per month as transportation, while lunch will also be provided during the campaign.
He further noted that educating the Liberian people on the virus was one of the best ways to help kick Ebola out of the country, emphasizing that workers will also be trained to teach other Liberians the various preventive measures, including regular hand-washing.