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Liberia

The ITUC affiliate in Liberia is the Liberia Labour Congress (LLC).

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Salala Rubber Corporation bans political activities on 22 000 acres of its land 28-03-2017

The management of Salala Rubber Corporation has issued a ban on all political activities at its premises prior to the presidential and parliamentary elections to take place in October 2017. The company occupies about 22,000 acres of land in an area with a large voting population which includes the constituency of a current Speaker of the House of Representatives, endorsed by the Salala Agricultural Workers Union (SAWU). The company has reportedly threatened to sack any worker caught discussing politics on the job.

Public and private sector workers denounce arbitrary dismissals of trade union leaders and Government’s refusal to register unions 03-06-2016

On 3 June, hundreds of civil servants, in collaboration with workers from the private sector, delivered a petition to the Ministry of Labour. The petition was signed by officials of the seven workers’ unions, including the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAH), the Roberts International Airport Workers’ Union (RIAWU), the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), the National Private Sector Health Workers’ Union of Liberia, the Liberian Union of Non-academic Staff and Teachers, the National Trade Union of Public Service and Allied Workers, and the Civil Society and Trade Union Institutions of Liberia. The petition specifically raised the issue of the dismissal of the NAHWAL’s General Secretary, George Poe Williams, and its President, Joseph S. Tamba, who were dismissed on 18 February 2014 following a strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
action they led, as well as the dismissal of Mellish P. G. Weh and Jayce W. Garniah of the Roberts International Airport Workers Union (RIAWU). The petition also raised the issue of the suspension of the collective bargaining collective bargaining The process of negotiating mutually acceptable terms and conditions of employment as well as regulating industrial relations between one or more workers’ representatives, trade unions, or trade union centres on the one hand and an employer, a group of employers or one or more employers’ organisations on the other.

See collective bargaining agreement
agreement signed with RIAWU and NAHWAL’s application for registration, which is pending for over three years without any response from the Ministry of Labour. Although Liberia ratified both ILO International Labour Organization A tripartite United Nations (UN) agency established in 1919 to promote working and living conditions. The main international body charged with developing and overseeing international labour standards.

See tripartism, ITUC Guide to international trade union rights
Conventions Nos. 87 and 98, employees of state-run enterprises and the civil service still cannot form a trade union.

National Alternative Voice of the Voiceless dismissed 20 health workers 28-02-2014
Unions not recognised08-08-2012

The company Lone Star GSM Communications Corporation (LCC) has not permitted workers to elect trade union representatives since 2010. Management is pressuring workers to establish a workers’ association instead of a trade union. Workers pleaded with management several times to recognise their right to establish trade unions and warned that they would engage in strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
action.

Patchy respect of rights by government and multinationals31-12-2011

The government’s record on including the Liberia Labour Congress (LLC) in tripartite forums has been patchy. At the same time, it has not managed to prevent big multinational companies from flouting union rights. Arcelor Mittal began operations in Liberia during the year with a very welcome multi-million dollar investment, after agreeing to give a certain number of jobs to Liberians. It quickly gained a reputation for unfairness and poor working conditions, however, by subcontracting its jobs to other companies paying below the minimum wage and providing no job security. In June 2011, the Arcelor Mittal Workers’ Union threatened that the company’s first shipment of iron ore would not go ahead unless the company released pay scale figures and facilitated collective bargaining collective bargaining The process of negotiating mutually acceptable terms and conditions of employment as well as regulating industrial relations between one or more workers’ representatives, trade unions, or trade union centres on the one hand and an employer, a group of employers or one or more employers’ organisations on the other.

See collective bargaining agreement
. The company finally launched collective bargaining collective bargaining The process of negotiating mutually acceptable terms and conditions of employment as well as regulating industrial relations between one or more workers’ representatives, trade unions, or trade union centres on the one hand and an employer, a group of employers or one or more employers’ organisations on the other.

See collective bargaining agreement
talks with the union at the end of November.

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