LIBERIA: Labour Ministry Revokes CHICO’s Project Manager Work Permit In River-Gee County

Mr. Xu Tao

The Ministry of Labour has with immediate effect revoked the work permit of CHICO’s Project Manager assigned in River-Gee County; Mr. Xu Tao for acts incompatible with his status as an alien worker in Liberia. This action of the Ministry is in line with Section 5 of the 2019 Revised Regulation #17 of the Ministry of Labour. The Ministry of Labour has therefore requested the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), which has the statutory powers to issue Resident Permit, to also invoke relevant portions of the Immigration and Naturalization Law of Liberia to revoke Mr. Tao’s Resident Permit so as to prevent him from carrying out any illegal work in Liberia.

In a release from the Ministry of Labour, the action to request the LIS to revoke Mr. Tao’s Resident Permit is because, the purpose for which Mr. Tao was offered Visa and Resident Permit to allow him enter and stay in Liberia no longer exist, thereby giving him no reason to be in the Country.

This latest action by the Ministry of Labour comes as a result of the continual disregard and gross disrespect on the part of Mr. Tao, a Chinese national, for refusing to honor invitations from Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Labour after several communications addressed to him through his employer (CHICO), citing him to respond to allegations levied against him by the National Timber, Wood, Construction and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (NTWCAWUL) for what the union considers as “continual violation of the rights of the workers, as well as the Collective Bargaining Agreement entered into between the Company and the Union”. The latest of these complaints is dated May 22,2020 in which the Union also accused Mr. Tao of allegedly humiliating and ill-treating Liberian employees.

In a September 14, 2020, Ministry’s communication signed by Labour Minister Moses Yarkpazuo Kollie and addressed to the General Manager of CHICO, the Ministry termed as disappointing and unacceptable, for the refusal of Mr. Tao to honor several invitations requesting his appearance to respond to allegations against him. The Ministry added, the actions of Mr. Tao, has led to the immediate revocation of his Work Permit and that, he’s not qualified to work in Liberia as of the date of the Ministry’s communication to CHICO.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour is currently carrying out a full-scale investigation into the complaints of the Union and will ensure that all necessary actions in keeping with applicable provisions of the Decent Work Act of Liberia is instituted impartially. At the same time, the Management of CHICO has been citied to respond to all allegations contained in the complaint of the Union as mentioned supra.

Labour Minister Moses Y. Kollie is also admonishing all alien workers in Liberia to be in full compliance with of the Decent Work Act of Liberia and the Provisions of the 2019 Revised Regulation #17 so as to avoid further action in keeping with the Labour laws of Liberia.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13601 Articles
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.
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