The Inquirer (Monrovia)

2 September 2014

Liberia: JFK Workers Demand for Better Incentives

Workers at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center in Sinkor have accused the Management of bad labor practice, ranging from low incentives paid them to refusal of the Management to secure an insurance benefit for them.

Speaking at the compounds of the JFK yesterday, the workers assembled in mass numbers peacefully and said the JFK Management had always downplayed their demands whenever it was confronted.

The aggrieved workers recommended that safety gears, increment in workers' monthly earnings should be issues to be addressed immediately as well as the reinstatement of some of their colleagues who were dismissed for representing them during an emergency meeting organized by the Management and the workers to address some of similar concerns.

Meanwhile, other aggrieved employees who spoke to the Inquirer regretted the poor working relationship between the Administration of the JFK Medical Center and the workers Union.

"We are disappointed over the level of humiliation this Administration, led by Dr. Wanny McDonald Scott has reduced us to. How on earth a country's largest Medical Center will still be keeping people as probationer workers for over a year without employing them; this is disgraceful," the protesting workers stated.

"Dr. Scott, immediately upon taking office dissolved the Workers Union for blanket reason. Although, we have approached her on several occasions to give reasons why she had dismissed the leadership, but to no avail. She has acted and even taken unilateral decisions; she dismisses at will and appoints individuals according to her wish and command and there is no one to question her jurisdiction; this is indeed unfortunate," the workers averred.

The Public Relation Officer at the JFK, DaylueGoah, declined to comment on the workers' protest. According to him, the workers have called on Henry Costa to speak on their behalf and any journalist who wants to attain information should wait until the meeting between the two parties is resolved.

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