City Parking Attendants on Strike

3
1144
Protesters present their petition Mayor Koijee

-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.

Some of the protesters at the Monrovia City Hall yesterday

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.

Authors

3 COMMENTS

  1. It is so sickening to find out that a major company that supposed to be run and owned by a Liberian, is headed and owned by a Ghanaian. This is a mockery of our people. This needs to be stopped.
    Because of our shortsightedness and our low mentality and not being so clever in doing the best for our people as leaders, we create hardships on our people.
    That contract amongst many others In our Givernment sector need to be reviewed and put into the right perspectives.
    Go in Ghana as a Liberian and say you want to open or sell merchandise in their markets and see what answer or acceptance that will be given to you.
    In the Senegal, they tell you that every company that a foreign person wants to open or operate in that West African nation, must have a Senegalese at the helm of management. As for jobs, they tell you as a foreign person to look around and see if there is no qualified Senegalese for that job, then you should apply for said position.
    We as Liberians need to wake up from our slumber and create a better format for the upliftment of the lives of our people. Too much of corruption and bad governance are impediments to the common good and wellbeing of this small African country of lesser population.

  2. It is so sickening to find out that a major company that supposed to be run and owned by a Liberian, is headed and owned by a Ghanaian. This is a mockery of our people. This needs to be stopped.
    Because of our shortsightedness and our low mentality and not being so clever in doing the best for our people as leaders, we create hardships on our people.
    That contract amongst many others In our Government sector needs to be reviewed and put into the right perspectives.
    Go in Ghana as a Liberian and say you want to open or sell merchandise in their markets and see what answer or acceptance that will be given to you.
    In the Senegal, they tell you that every company that a foreign person wants to open or operate in that West African nation, must have a Senegalese at the helm of management. As for jobs, they tell you as a foreign person to look around and see if there is no qualified Senegalese for that job, then you should apply for said position.
    We as Liberians need to wake up from our slumber and create a better format for the upliftment of the lives of our people. Too much of corruption and bad governance are impediments to the common good and wellbeing of this small African country of lesser population.

Leave a Reply to John Mannah, New York Cancel reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here