Acting Labor Minister Augustine Wloba Williams has urged commissioners and Hearing officers to use the newly acquired skills and knowledge to help reduce labor cases that are on the docket at the Temple of Justice.
Minister Williams made the recommendation on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the end of a three-day training seminar for Labor Commissioners and Hearing officers who are assigned in the 15 counties of Liberia.
The three-day training was organized by the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute (JI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor (MoL).
The Commissioners and Hearing officers were taught among other things, the general principles of the Liberian Labor Law and Jurisprudence, Procedure before the Ministry of Labor/Hearing Procedure, Jurisdiction of Labor Commissioners and Appeal Process in Labor Cases.
Others include, Conciliation of Grievances, Structure of the Ministry of Labor and other Administrative Policies and Writing of Rulings in Labor cases.
According to the Acting Minister, there is a need to reform the labor law of Liberia, but before “we do that we have to ensure that commissioners and Hearing officer’s get proper training to tackle some of the labor issue.”
“You have now been empowered to reduce most of the cases at the Labor Ministry,” Minister Williams stressed.
He noted that the training of commissioners and hearing officers are necessary because it will help enhance their work at the court as well as in the Ministry.
“This is one of the projects (training) that has been undertaken by MoL and the JI family, but we intend to expand it for longer time,” Minister Williams declared.
At the same time, the MoL acting Minister disclosed that labor unrest in the country is becoming a major issue, which every one of us needs to fight.
For his part, Atty. Moses S. Soribah, Deputy Executive Director at the Judicial Institute (JI) lauded MoL and participants, and said the day was rewarding for them.
Atty. Soribah told the Labor officials that commissioners are ready to put into practice what they have learned.
Meanwhile, representatives of the participants thanked the JI and the Ministry of Labor for the knowledge and hoped that it would be used for its intended purpose.