The Ministry of Labor has imposed fines on several institutions for employing non-Liberians without valid work permits and their failure to submit statistical reports to the Ministry in keeping with Regulation No. 17, Section 3(a) and Section 4(b) of the Labor Practices Laws of Liberia.
Those fined include: Arcelor Mittal, China Union, Western Cluster and PIOM.
Others are: Cavalla Rubber Corporation, Maryland Oil Palm Plantation, Nimba Rubber Inc., Morris American Farm, Firestone Liberia, Sime Darby, Lee Groups of Companies, APM Terminal, Fuzion Inc; LIB_24 Radio and TV, among others.
The Labour ministry mandates all employing entities to adhere to the Labour Practices Laws of Liberia and cautions them that it will not relent in ensuring compliance.
The fine is to ensure that Liberian employment interest at work places is prioritized. The Ministry further announced that it will continue to adopt and implement measures to enforce compliance with its mandate to ensure that Liberians are given the required employment preferences.
In another development, the ministry has denied several applications for the issuance of alien work permits from employers seeking employment for non-Liberians for various positions in their institutions.
The ministry wants the public and employing entities to be aware of a vigorous enforcement of its renewed commitment to grant preferential treatment to Liberians for certain positions at work places in line with the Labour Practices Laws of the country.
It can be recalled that during several consultative meetings held in the last quarter of 2014 with stakeholders in the agricultural, forestry, telecommunications and mining sectors, as well as with the leaderships of the Indian and Lebanese Communities and other major stakeholders in the labor sector, these matters were flagged and the Ministry’s action is in keeping with previous commitments.
Labour Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe, informed employers that his ministry will not be issuing work permits for non-Liberians seeking employment for positions such as Accountants, Human Resource Managers and Administrative Managers.
The MoL, at the same time called on all employers to advertise vacancies for those positions in the local media and on their respective websites to allow qualified Liberians at home and abroad to compete for those positions.