The Labor Minister, Atty. Neto Zarzar Lighe, Sr., has lauded business and individual establishments operating in the country for their level of commitment and support to the Liberian government’s fight against the killer disease Ebola.
In a statement issued in Monrovia yesterday, Min. Lighe expressed delight in the level of corporation and commitment received from business entities and individuals across the country.
He made these assertions during separate acquaintance meetings with stakeholders of the Labour Sectors at his Labour Ministry office in Monrovia.
The meetings were intended to solicit stakeholders’ expectation on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, the status of (employed) expatriates both currently on the job and others who traveled due to the EVD, their possible return and work permit retention and other post-Ebola employment issues.
Minister Lighe said the Ministry of Labour was highly impressed with measures put in place by employers to prevent the spread of the EVD at workplaces in the country especially those with functional health centers that are involved with treating Ebola patients.
The Labor Minister noted that his Ministry, a sector of government functionary responsible to ensure decent work environments at all-times for employees, considers the outbreak as “an occupational safety and health issue that requires a collective fight by both government, partners, employers, employees and the general public.”
He informed stakeholders that in order to increase the awareness of the prevention of Ebola at workplaces, the Ministry has issued public service announcement and press releases calling on all employers (both formal and informal) to maintain buckets or vessels with faucets attached to enable workers and visitors to wash their hands frequently during working hours.
“The Ministry of Labor has at the same time ordered its Labor commissioners and inspectors to inspect all businesses and industrial establishments across the length and breadth of the country to ensure compliance with these preventive measures initiated by the Ministry as well as those announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The sectors’ stakeholders were also informed of the availability of a data bank at the Ministry of Labour within which the names and qualifications of Liberians are stored encouraging these institutions and individuals to take advantage of said data when recruiting Liberians for possible employment.
Meanwhile, since taking office, the Minister of Labour has held several consultative meetings with major stakeholders in the labour sector of the country including, but limited to agricultural, mining, banking, and telecommunication/GSM sectors as well as, the Lebanese and Indian Communities.