He warned the Management not to take the employees by surprise on issues that are intended to affect their jobs and livelihood. Minister Gibson encouraged the Management to adequately notify employees of upcoming issues of such nature. At the same time, Minister Gibson ordered the suspension of Mr. Jason Tuner, Executive Director, General Services and Compliance, and asked that he be subjected to further investigation into circumstances surrounding the death of a local employee, Mr. Jacob Dukuly, Manager, Capital Feeder, T & D of the corporation, as is being alleged by the workers union of LEC.
He said that his Ministry will hold consultation with the Ministry of Justice and the family of the deceased to establish if there is a need to conduct an autopsy on the body of the employee. Minister Gibson has advised the Management of the LEC not allow Mr. Peter U. Egbodor, Meter Consultant, whose work permit has since expired on the compounds of the LEC in violation of the Labour Law of Liberia. The Labour boss stressed that Mr. Egbodor should not be seen in LEC uniforms, cars or premises until at such time a work permit is duly issued to him.
During the meeting, it was established that the leadership of the workers union did not organize none authorize the illegal strike action, but that it was spontaneous owing to the sudden death of one of their colleagues who they claimed was constantly being harassed and threatened by Messrs. Tuner and Egbodor. He encouraged unions in the country to always seek the interventions of Ministry of Labour before embarking on strikes. Meanwhile, both the Workers Association and the mother union have apologized for the strike action on behalf of the workers and promised to pursue dialogue under the supervision of the Ministry of Labour on all issues with the LEC Management.