27 June 2014

Liberia: Finance Ministry in Disarray

Employees of the Ministry of Finance on Thursday, June 26, 2014 staged a go slow action in demand of better incentives for employees who will be redundant due to the merger of the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Economic Affairs.

The Ministries of Finance and Planning will be merged by July, and would then be considered as the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

As a result of this merger, several employees of both Ministries will be redundant, and would be giving some financial benefits for the time they have worked for.

But speaking to this paper during a go slow action staged by the employees, the Co-Chairman of the Ministry of Finance-Civil Service Association, Mr. David Beyan, asserted that what is being placed in the package for employees who will be redundant as a result of the merger is too little, and as such, there is a need to beef up the package.

According to him, the leadership of the workers association have met with Minister Amara Konneh and expressed their grievances to him (Konneh), but said they have been overlooked.

"We have told the Minister on this issue, but he has refused to listen to us. He has scheduled several meetings with us, but he has failed to attend any to those meetings. This is why we are staging this go slow action. This action will continue up to next week or beyond. We will not stop until our calls are heard," he stated.

He disclosed that in the package, employees who have worked for one to 10 years are to receive US$ 5,000, while those who have worked for 11 to 20 years would receive US$ 7,500.

Meanwhile, all efforts to hear from the Ministry of Finance proved futile up to press time, as the mobile phone of the Ministry's Director of Communications rang endlessly without answer.

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