Illegal Labour Actions
-Violates Decent Work Act
The Ministry of Labour has observed with dismay the increase in the number of illegal actions by employers and workers at work places across the Country in total violation of the Decent Work Act of 2015 in recent times.
The Ministry said that such an act on the part of workers and their organizations have the propensity to undermine industrial peace and harmony as well as the national security of the Country.According to Section 14.1 of the Decent Work Act of 2015 which talks about the “Right to strike or lockout” Sub-section 41.2, “Every party to a dispute of interest has the right to strike or lockout if: i) the dispute has been referred in the prescribed form to the Ministry for conciliation in accordance with section 40.3; ii) if the party has attended the conciliation meetings convened by the conciliator; and if the dispute remains unresolved at the end of a period of 30 days from the date of the referral”.
Henceforth, the Ministry wishes to remind all workers and employers in our Country planning to embark on any strike actions, termination of employment contracts, redundancy and other Labour actions must be done in conformity with the Country’s Labour law, which is the Decent Work Act of 2015.
The Labour Ministry notes that it is committed in protecting the rights of workers and employers throughout the country in line with the Decent Work act of 2015 and therefore calls on all stakeholders of the Labour sector to respect the laws.
The Decent Work Act of 2015 or the Labour Laws of Liberia, particularly the provisions on the protection of trade unions’ and employers’ rights provide clear means by which workplace issues can be resolved amicably and peacefully. “We will all be happy if we govern ourselves accordingly” the Ministry has maintained.
It can be recalled that since the coming into office of the CDC led Government, workers of several institutions have embarked on different actions such as strike and go-slow actions with the hope of drawing government’s attention to their plight at various workplaces in the country.