Liberian Leader Meets Liberia Labor Congress Heads

The Liberia Labor Congress (LLC) has commended Government for its commitment to job creation and the level of industrial harmony currently prevailing in the country.

According to an Executive Mansion release, LLC President-General, Alfred Thomas, at the head of a delegation, 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 Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, or Labor Day.

The day is celebrated every year around the world as a day of international working class solidarity.

Mr. Thomas pleaded with the Liberian leader to intervene in the dismissal of 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 …. 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 by undertaking positive engagements during labor disputes as their involvement will have a greater impact to the peaceful settlement of industrial unrests.

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

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