Sierra Leone News: Ports Workers to receive worker benefits

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Sierra Leone News: Ports Workers to receive worker benefits

The new Management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority has on last Tuesday 26th March 2019 signed an agreement with the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations and other key stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Labour Congress, The National Commission for Privatization, the Sierra Leone Ports Authority Senior Staff Association and the Sierra Leone Dock Workers Union to settle all outstanding payments due former and current SLPA employees inherited from the past administration. The outstanding payment problem began in 2011 when the past administration sacked workers without due process, the Chair of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority Board of Directors, Manso Dumbuya, told stakeholders during the signing of the agreement. Dumbuya said, “As a responsible management, we thought it unfair to forge ahead without addressing this long outstanding issue.” The new management since their assumption in office six months ago pledged to settle all outstanding payments due former and current staff of the Authority, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Abdulai Fofana said. The Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations, Adekule King, said the signing of the agreement is a demonstration of the capabilities of the Ministry and stakeholders including the port management, the National Commission for Privatization, the Sierra Leone Labour Congress and the unions to deliver. The new management has restored staff confidence and will better the lives of workers, the President of the Sierra Leone Ports Senior Staff Association Idrissa Mago Tarawallie assured.

AT/27/3/19

Thursday March 29, 2019.

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