The Sierra Leone Labour Congress (SLLC) and partners, National Revenue Authority (NRA), National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) and Office of National Security (ONS) have commenced joint inspection of various institutions to know whether they are working within confines of country’s Minimum Wage laws.
This was disclosed in a sensitisation and planning meeting at the Sierra Leone Labour Congress Solidarity Hall on Wallace Johnson Street, Freetown, last Monday.
The Sierra Leone Labour Congress (SLLC) being part of the Global Trade Union Movement will join the International Workers Day, which is MAY 1, popularly known as “MAY DAY” celebration.
Of course, theme for this year’s celebration is: “Promoting Employment Rights.”
Sierra Leone Labour Congress Director of Education, Max K. Conteh said they are going to tighten the laws of the country.
“There will be no field day again; people take advantage of the vulnerability.”
Mr.Conteh went on to say that Sierra Leoneans are the most exploitative employers in the country.
“Most of them don’t want to pay. Foreigners are paying well except that they used to connive with government officials.”
He stressed that the holidays are over and that is why they have the minimum wage law which they will ensure will soon come into full force.
He spoke about the increase in subcontracts and the reviewing of the Labour Laws of Sierra Leone.
Senior Labour Officer, Sinneh Bockarie said this is the second May Day in the country and it is for workers.
Sierra Leone Labour Congress Acting President Jennings A.B. Wright pointed out that if they can celebrate May Day, it is obvious most of the workers issues will be captured.
He disclosed that the issue of government pension is still at an advance stage but not yet hits the jackpot.
He spoke about the line-up activities to commemorate this year’s May Day.