Labor Minister Vows to Enforce Decent Work Law

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The Minister of Labour, Neto Zarzar Lighe, has vowed to enforce the new Decent Work Law that was passed into law by the National Legislature.
The Decent Work Bill was signed into law on June 26, by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after it had spent five years at the Capitol Building.
Minister Lighe, speaking at the regular Ministry of Information press briefing recently in Monrovia, assured the public that his administration will begin full explanation of the various aspects of the law, using the media and any other means.
The exercise is part of the Ministry of Labour’s responsibilities to inform the public.
He said his office will draft regulations to define the conduct of domestic workers and how they will be protected or guarded.
“Based on our assessment, the US$ 3.5 for domestic and casual workers per day is good. We believe that the lawmakers did all their economic assessments before coming up with this amount,” he added.
He further explained that age 16 has been identified as a working age in both the formal and informal sectors by the Decent Work Law and will take effect when the law is printed into hand bills.
“Part III of the law is the most interesting part, he said. It talks about the Minimum Wage Board. Part V, talks about the employment and termination of employment and this also protects all employees, especially where the employees started on probation. If someone is in your employ and has passed probation, there is ground for dismissal,” he explained.
Minister Lighe noted that in order to complete what is required, “we will have to print the act into a handbook and have it circulated. But it is only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that has the statutory mandate to perform such order.”
According to him, the Minimum Wage Board will review the wages and make the appropriate recommendations for increment but said the ideas behind the Decent Work Law are like a baseline for the minimum wage in the country.
The Minister further disclosed, “We have also instituted a tripartite council and will make the recommendations to the Minimum Wages Board. This is the most concerning issue in the country. We also need workshops and other means to provide details to the public with respect to this new Decent Work Law.”
Minister Lighe further said citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will pay U$100 for a work permit.
He hailed the Ghanaian, Nigerian and Sierra Leonean communities for being very receptive to paying the US$100.
The new law will not take effect until the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prints it into hand bills.

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