Over 500 contractors of the Liberia Maritime Beaches and Water Ways workers yesterday petitioned the 53rd National Legislature to intervene in an effort to secure eight months arrears owed them by the Liberian government.
In a peaceful gathering at the gate of the Capitol Building yesterday, the group, including those from West Point, New Kru Town, ELWA, Lagoon, Funday, PHP, Mamba Point and Point 4 told journalists that they have not been paid for the last eight months.
On several posters, they pleaded for swift intervention to “Enable us to send our children to school.”
In a petition, the workers requested the honorable body to liaise with the Executive and other stakeholders to ensure the proper status of the contractors and identify direct and proper budgetary allotment in separate accounts that will ensure their regular payment.
“Hon. Legislators, we wish for your speedy intervention into the ongoing saga because schools are now open and parents cannot afford to register their children due to the prolonged delay of our arrears,” the petition said.
Meanwhile, spokesman Edward G. V. Kanneh told the Daily Observer that it is now necessary for members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to get to know about their suffering and do something about it.
He said there have been serious problems over the past four years regarding the delay in the payment of their wages by the Liberia Maritime Authority.
He said “We always have to demonstration before we are paid and I think it is about time the Liberian government makes things right for us.”
According to him, the head of the various groups met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the matter and she promised to ensure that all things would work out well for them, which did not happen as she promised.
“We’ve communicated to several institutions, including the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, and US Ambassador Deborah Malac for their intervention.