LIBERIA: Presidential Aspirant Radio Station Snubs Court

Mr. Benino Urey, ALP Political Leader and Owner of LIB-24 Radio Station
Mr. Benino Urey, ALP Political Leader and Owner of LIB-24 Radio Station

The LIB-24, a radio station owned by the political leader of the All Liberi Party (ALP), businessman Benoni Urey has reportedly snubbed the Labour Court at the Ministry of Labour after being cited in connection with a labor matter.

This followed when some group of dismissed employees of the entity filed a complaint against the entity twice but the management of the media entity refused to honor an invitation from that court, and also refused to state reason of its refusal to attend to the call of the Court.

Speaking to a reporter of a local weekly, The Guardian, the spokesman of the dismissed employees, Morris McCarthy in a disappointing state of mind, said the entity depending on their boss (Mr. Urey) has deliberately failed to appear the Court after previously agreeing to do so.

Mr. McCarthy said the dismissed employees of LIB-24 Radio are demanding their severance pay for a number of years that they have worked for at the radio station, stressing that having exhausted all means for the entity to appear before the Labour Court up to date it has refused.

He further disclosed that due to the failure of the entity to appear before the Labour, the dismissed have resolved to file their formal complaint to the Temple of Justice for redress.

Meanwhile, sources closed to the owner of the entity (Businessman Urey) informed this news outlet that Mr. Urey is reportedly refusing to settle the salary arrears of his former employees on ground that they are disrespectful.

Our sources also disclosed that Mr. Urey threatened to dismiss any of his employee who will appear before any court on the behalf of his entity.

Effort by the GNN to get a word from the businessman proved unsuccessful.

Investigation Continues

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.