2 May 2014

Liberia: President Sirleaf Meets With the Leadership of the Liberia Labor Congress - Thanked Them for the Level of Engagement in Addressing Labor Disputes Across the Country

The Liberia Labor Congress (LLC) is commending government for its commitment to job creation and the level of industrial harmony currently being experienced across the country.

According to an Executive Mansion release, a delegation of the LLC headed by its President General Alfred Thomas said recent developments have given players in the labor sector hope of robust reforms. He made the assertion during a meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, May 1, or May Day. Also known as International Workers' Day, or Labor Day, every year, May 1 is celebrated around the world as a day of international working class solidarity.

Mr. Thomas, on behalf of the LLC delegation, used the opportunity to pleaded with the Liberian leader t kindly intervene in the matter concerning the dismissed health workers and those of the Roberts International Airport Workers Union.

They reaffirmed their support to government's labor policy as a way of promoting industrial harmony. "The new leadership is prepared and determined to work closely with you, Your Excellency, the Government of Liberia in addressing issues affecting the workers and those aimed at improving the well-being and living standard of the labor force in Liberia," Mr. Thomas said.

On behalf of the delegation, Mr. Thomas appealed to the Liberian leader to help finance their representation at the 103rd International Labor Congress scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 26 to June 12, 2014.

He also urged President Sirleaf to include them on her foreign travels which they believe will afford them the opportunity to engage investors and Trade Union Organizations in foreign countries.

In response, President Sirleaf thanked the LLC officials for the level of engagement with government in addressing labor disputes across the country.

She said while it is the right of workers to push for their rights at their places of work, it is equally important to engage labor sector authorities positively and responsibly in reaching the much needed common ground at work places.

President Sirleaf pledged her administration's commitment and support to the LLC in addressing problems facing the sector. She expressed delight that the Congress was now a major partner in resolving industrial unrests; something she said will greatly impact government's quest to continue creating more jobs for Liberians. She encouraged the officials to serve as ambassadors to positive engagements during labor disputes as their involvement will have a greater impact to the peaceful settlement of industrial unrests.

Others attending the meeting included Labor Minister, Cllr. Juah Lawson; LLC 1st Vice President, Theresa Viskinda; 2nd Vice President, James T. Greeves; Secretary-General, John Nyumah Natt, Sr., among others.

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