Gov’t Warns Labour Unions

The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Labor has warned Liberia’s Trade Unions to stop operating from hand-bags but open offices that will make their members to easily reach them.

Addressing workers yesterday during the celebration of Labor Day at an elaborate program held at the J.B. Mcgill Labor Center in Gardnersville, Liberia’s Labour Minister, Cllr. F. Juah Lawson, said most trade unions risk not being accredited if they cannot open an office but continue to run same from their respective hand bags.

Minister Lawson said it is important for a Trade Union that is collecting dues from its members to have an office space where they can be reached. She frowned on the behavior and warned that besides not being accredited, drastic action awaits any trade union who does not comply with the order.

She also disclosed that those Trade Unions that cannot account for funds collected will also have problems with the Ministry of Labor.

The Labor Minister extended greetings from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to Liberian workers as they celebrated Labor Day noting that the Government of Liberia has put into place several measures aimed at improving the status of Liberian workers.

Minister Lawson named one of those measures as the Decent Work Bill which was crafted to give Liberians work and improve livelihood.

The minister who prayed for the act to be passed in its entirety said it is not only designed for the benefit of people working with companies or government but domestic workers as well. “If you have domestic workers, you will have to pay them well in accordance with the bill.