By T. Saye Goinleh
The Ministry of Labor has concluded a one-day acquaintance forum with human resource managers of unionized employment institutions in the private sector in Liberia so as to improve relationship between them and the ministry.
Human Resource Managers
Speaking during the interactive forum, Assistance Labor Minister for Trade Union Affairs and Social Dialogue, Togba R. Croyee Porte said the meeting was intended to strengthen the existing relationship between HR Managers and the Ministry of Labor as well as to discuss how to move the labor sector forward.
Minister Porte reminded the human resource managers that it is their responsibility to provide explanations about the labor law to workers at their various workplaces. “You will be held responsible if the rights of workers are abused by your management. Human Resource Managers need to inform and educate workers of the dos and don’ts in the workplace.”, the Trade Union boss warned the human resource managers.
He further cautioned them that notice under the labor law is a fundamental right and as such, workers must be provided education pertaining to the labor laws of Liberia as well as manuals for employees to ensure compliance. He noted that failure to provide orientation on the laws and management’s employment guide; it will be unfair to penalize any employee in violation of the laws and employment policies on job.
Assistant Minister Porte told the Managers that the Decent Work Act of 2015 or the Labor Law insist and persist that institutions with twenty or more employees must provide their workers the right to organize union provided they communicate with management fifteen days prior to their intend.
Meanwhile, Assistant Porte has announced plans for the holding of a labor convention in November to discuss ways of improving the labor environment of the country.
In remarks on behalf of colleagues, Madam Korlu Clinton Ninneh, the HR manager of the Liberia Equipment Ltd. thanked the Ministry of Labor for hosting the meeting, noting that such an opportunity is the first of its kind in the history of the Ministry.
She appealed to the Ministry to consider organizing more of such educative meetings for human resource managers as means of bringing them up to speed with new policies of the Ministry.
For her part, Deputy Labor Minister for Administration, Atty. Yvette A. Freeman who presented copies of the ‘’Decent Work Act of 2015’’ to the HR managers said they are the heartbeats of the labor sector of the country and are therefore considered special people by the Ministry. She said was happy that many of the managers are women and as such they should act like mothers by putting the interest of workers first. “Take these copies of the Decent Work Act as a bible to guide you in your work”, Atty. Freeman admonished them.