Vice President Joseph Boakai says the establishment of a tripartite relationship between the labor force, employers, and the government is key to fostering industrial harmony, social dialogue and fundamental workers’ rights.
The Vice President says such a relationship will help to promote state-society relations, something which, he noted, is crucial to enforcing the social contract between government and citizens.
He emphasized that the government is ready to do its part within the tripartite arrangement to ensure the application of international labor standards.
The Vice President’s remarks were contained in a speech he delivered over the weekend at the Founding Congress of the Agricultural, Agro-processing & Industrial Workers’ Union of Liberia (AAIWUL) in Harbel, Margibi County.
He noted that government in this vein, will be promoting the decent work bill, developing appropriate legislations, be a fair arbiter as well as promoter of the relationship.
VP Boakai called on members of AAIWUL to use their platform to promote the principles of social protection, dialogue and job creation among the tripartite constituents.
He urged them not to see their relationship with employers necessarily as adversarial, but instead as one of progressive partnership in promoting decent work, equity and fairness in the world or work.
The Vice President stressed that as Liberia endeavors to diversify productivity and expand the economy, the potential is enormous for organized labor organizations to reinvent themselves in ways that will see it help to drive productivity.
He also petitioned officials of AAIWUL to envisage the tripartite merger as essential in helping to build the critical mass for the transformation of the agricultural sector in Liberia, especially as the government places premium on agriculture development in the coming years.
“With agriculture holding the potential for the largest source of our national income and about 70% of Liberians depending on it for their livelihoods, your union stands to contribute immensely to the development of the agro-industrial enterprise in the country,” he said.