LIBERIA: Workers Unions Want Decent Work Bill Passed

The General Agricultural and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (GAAWUL) and the United Workers’ Union of Liberia (UWUL) have again petitioned the 53rd National Legislature to “speedily pass” the Decent Work Bill.

The workers said their resolve to petition the Legislature once more was based on the failure of the lawmakers to pass the Decent Work Bill at a minimum wage of US$6, after several petitions.

According to the Liberia News Agency, the workers noted that the continued failure by the legislators to pass the Decent Work Bill since it was submitted in 2010, suggests that they are insensitive to the plight of Liberian workers.

They believe that when the Decent Work Bill is passed, their living standards and those of other Liberians would improve.

In the petition read by Edwin Cisco and presented to the lawmakers on the grounds of the Capitol Building Thursday, the workers warned that failure by the legislators to speedily pass the Decent Work Bill will trigger series of industrial actions.

Receiving the petition, the Chairman of the House Committee on Labor, Representative Christian Chea, assured the workers that the Labor Committees of both the lower and upper Houses are working hard to ensure passage of the bill.

Chea explained that the controversial or sticky issue delaying the passage of the bill is the categories of workers, adding that it would be unfair to pay a janitor and a professional person the same wage.

The River Gee County Representative, however, pleaded with the workers to give the Legislature two weeks to set the stage for passage of the bill.

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