Labor Minister to Rule in Long-standing Labor Dispute

The Ministry of Labor will on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, give a ruling in two long-standing disputes before the Ministry as far back as 2021.

Announcing the decision on Thursday, April 6, 2023, Labor Minister, Cllr. Charles H. Gibson said the Ministry is expected to rule in the cases involving the Workers’ Union Vs the Management of the Arcelor-Mittal Liberia and the Management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Vs their Workers Union.

Both cases emanated from the separate Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), signed between the workers and their respective managements of the two companies.

The issues of contention being brought forth by workers in both companies in separate complaints filed before the Ministry of Labor range from salary disparities, increments in salary, overtime, and safety at work.

Speaking at a social dialogue meeting held with the Management of AML and the workers Union, Minister Gibson stressed the need for a “Grading System” to be put into place by Management based on categories of jobs being performed by workers.

He said the grading system in the workplace could be used as a motivational factor for workers and it should be in line with the policy of “Equal Pay for Equal Work”.

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