A mass portion of the alleged 2,000 workforce of the Liberia Maritime Authority Beaches and Waterways Project with assignments in New Kru Town, West Point, PHP, Fish Market and ELWA Communities stormed the Capitol Building yesterday. The protesters are seeking the intervention of the Legislature on the prolonged delay by the project management to settle their eight-month salary arrears.
The petitioners in a communication addressed to the Legislature said they are requesting for the direct and immediate involvement of the lawmakers into their complaint as they have been working on the beaches even in the midst of the Ebola outbreak, yet they have received no benefits.
They informed the lawmakers that the eight-month old indebtedness include from July 2014 up to February 2015 and called on the Legislature to liaise with the Executive Branch and other stakeholders to ensure the proper status of the contractors.
It can be recalled that on February 23, workers of the project presented a formal letter of complaint to the Minister of Justice, Benedict Sannoh highlighting their plight and reminded him about the effect the delay in getting their pay is causing them to get their children in school as well as other workers who are of school-going age.