-Want MCC take over services
Over 50 parking attendants from the Liberia Services Corporation (LSC) in central Monrovia, yesterday staged a peaceful protest at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), calling on the MCC management to spearhead the parking activities.
Landry W. Bedell, head of the protesters who spoke to reporters, said the LSC has failed to address the issues of employment and benefits for the workers. “We have come asking you to kindly intervene for us regarding the parking services,” Mr. Bedell appealed to officials of the MCC.
According to him, the workers enjoyed the working relationship and benefits with the MCC, then headed by former Mayor Clara Doe-Mvogo. “We were promised by Mayor Doe-Mvogo of employment that made us give our support to the MCC,” he said.
Bedell said unfortunately for them, on August 3, 2017, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf instructed Mayor Doe-Mvogo to give the contract to LSC.
“We pleaded with the Mayor not to give the contract to LSC, but she told us that she was working at the will of her boss. She then instructed LSC’s chief executive officer Kwaku Addy to employ 85 percent of the workforce, but he refused,” he said.
Mr. Bedell said if the MCC accepts their request to take over LSC, it would provide security for them and create more opportunity for the young people.
In response, Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, lauded the protesters for their “peaceful action” and said since he took over the MCC, he is in the process of reviewing all contracts entered into by the past administration, including the one with the LSC.
“We will ensure that those agreements that are not in the interest of the Liberian people will not continue, because the interest of the people remains cardinal to government,” Mayor Koijee added.
Meanwhile, LSC management said they were shocked to see workers on strike in the absence of any meeting with the management.
“There is nothing like bad labor practices at the LSC, and that we have not received any complaint about employment and benefits as they claimed. Some of those protesting no longer work for the LSC,” Emmanuel G. Garsuah, head of Communication, said.
Mr. Garsuah added that the situation has political undertones and hoped that those behind it will make themselves available.