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|Published on May 29, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
By: Jerome Toe
Acting Labor Minister John Josiah has disclosed that his Ministry, in collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (BIN) is to shortly embark on a joint one month inspection exercise of businesses and industrial establishments within Montserrado County and its environs.
Addressing a news conference Thursday in Monrovia, Minister Josiah said the inspection exercise is to enforce and ensure that business entities operating in the country are operating in consonance with relevant portions of the labour and immigration laws of Liberia.
Minister Josiah noted that inconsistent with the statutory mandate of the Ministry of Labor to regulate the labor sector of Liberia and uphold the rule of law, the two government institutions’ inspection exercise will cover conditions of work, especially wages, annual leave, work schedule, decent work among others.
He said the inspection will also tackle up to labor statistical returns and semi-annual report; work permit for ECOWAS and non-ECOWAS coupled with health and safety.
The Acting Labor Minister pointed out that this inspection exercise is in keeping with Chapter 2,section 54 sub-section 1,2,3,4,and section 55(a),(b),(c) and (d) of the Labor practices of the country, and is in accordance with ILO convention 81 (Labor inspection convention),
According to him, the inspectors are divided into zones, beginning with Bushrod Island to Virginia; Sinkor Redlight through Somalia Drive; from the Campus of the University of Liberia through Broad Street right and from water side to Happy Home;
He further disclosed that the Inspectors will cover from Pan African Plaza through Broad Street left to Mamba Point.
In an effort to ensure the success of the exercise, the Ministry has conducted a one day interactive forum on the role and functions of labor inspectors and was facilitated by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
He said the Ministry is also currently involved in several consultations on the labour law reform to ensure that Liberia laws conform to international standards and present day realities.
The acting Labor Minister noted that in a bid to ensure citizens participation in the inspectorate process, a two day regional consultations has taken place in Bomi,, Bong, Grand Bassa, and Grand Gedeh counties.
He disclosed that these consultations will culminate in a National Labor conference to discuss the final draft bill and promote awareness about its content before its submission to president Sirleaf, and expected to discuss up coming minimum wage report and progress on the National Employment policy.
Meanwhile the Labor Ministry attention has been drawn to a report that one of its employees was allegedly involved in the sale of vacation job forms to interested students who are seeking opportunity to form part of this vacation program.
A committee has been constituted to investigate said report and the Ministry is anxiously awaiting the outcome of the investigation to take the necessary action in keeping with the civil service standing order