Labor Minister/ILO Wants Collaborative Efforts in Post Ebola Recovery

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The Minister of Labor, Neto Zarzar Lighe, has stressed the need for collaborative efforts between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Labor Ministry in the post-Ebola recovery program of the sector in Liberia.

Minister Lighe made the assertion on Tuesday, June 23 at the Ministry of Labor when a technical delegation from the ILO regional office in Abuja, Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit to discuss issues relative to the post-Ebola recovery plan of Liberia.

A statement from the Ministry quoted Minister Lighe, as saying that the delegation’s visit follows discussion held between his office and the ILO Regional Director for Africa, Aeneac C. Chuma, at the 104th Session of the
Labor conference in Geneva, Switzerland on the ILO’s Post-Ebola Recovery Plans for Liberia.

The Minister used the occasion to inform the ILO delegation that his Ministry had developed an annual work-plan, which will be shared with the ILO to ensure that the organization’s programs are in line with its plan.

Minister Lighe told the delegation that the Ministry is preparing to conduct a Labor Force Survey (LFS) this year and is looking forward to the ILO commitment to assist in carrying out the survey.
Issues also highlighted during the discussion included support for the implementation of the National Employment Policy, the holding of National Consultation on Child Labor, the Decent Work Country Program, the passage of the Decent Work Bill, Social Protection, Occupational Health and Safety and stigmatization of Ebola survivors in the workplace.

Dennis Zulu, Acting head of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Regional Office for English Speaking West African States and head of the delegation, said his delegation was in the country to hold discussions with authorities of the government, representatives of Liberia Labor Congress (LLC), Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) as well as other partners on the post Ebola recovery program of the Labor Sector.

The delegation congratulated the government and people of Liberia for defeating the Ebola virus outbreak and the passage of the Decent Work Bill.

He expressed the ILO’s willingness to provide support for dissemination of the Decent Work Bill and the conduct of the Labor Force Survey.

He added that the ILO will work with the Ministry of Labor in the implementation of the employment policy of Liberia in line with post-Ebola recovery plan to provide both short and long term training for labor inspectors in the area of Occupational Safety and Health to make them effective in carrying out their assigned duties.

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