Briefing journalists on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at his Ministerial Complex Office in Congo Town, outside Monrovia,Labour Minister Moses Y Kollie disclosed that he received a formal communication from the management of Firestone-Liberia on June 24, 2020, expressing an intent to institute redundancy of 374 employees to take effect on July 26, 2020.
But Minister Kollie pointed out that the GoL cannot accept the planned redundancy unless it is properly clarified.The Labour Minister indicated that the communication from the management of Firestone-Liberia doesn't state whether the redundancy is as a result of the company transfer, discontinue or reduction of business, and therefore, it cannot be taken seriously.
" Without proper clarification, Firestone may be in contravention of section 13.4a of the Decent Work Act, which states that ownership shall not adversely affects the terms and conditions of employees of workers who continue to be employed in such a business and their contract of business are deemed for all purposes to have continued or broken that which we cannot undo because it is the law,” the Labour Minister averred.
“Also in section 14.5O of the Decent Work Act states that in the event that subsequent need of employment arises at a fiscal date, the employer shall consider persons previously declared as redundant for re- employment, failure on the part of the employer to do so shall constitute violation of this act," he stated
However, he clarified that the GoL is in no way against redundancy, but maintained that the planned action is untimely for such action to be taken in violation of the Decent Work Act.Minister Kollie then encouraged the management of Firestone-Liberia to defer from its intended action so as to find a common solution .
“President George Manneh Weah is concerned about this matter, especially where a concession company intends to carry on redundancy on the country's independence day which is July 26.We feel strongly that Firestone-Liberia has not demonstrated that respect so we are inclined as a government to guide them as per the law. We encourage them to sit with us from now to July 15 for further discussion of a way forward. A win to win situation," Minister Kollie, among other things, added.