The management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and its workers union have signed a two-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
A CBA is a process of negotiations between employers and a group of employees aimed at reaching agreements that regulate working conditions.
The interests of the employees are commonly presented by representatives of a trade union to which the employees belong.
The collective agreements reached by these negotiations usually set out wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtime, grievance mechanisms, and rights to participate in workplace or company affairs.
The union may negotiate with a single employer (who is typically representing a company's shareholders) or may negotiate with a group of businesses, depending on the country, to reach an industry wide agreement.
Signing the CBA on Thursday, February 27, LEC’s executive director for Administration and Human Resources, Varmunyah F. Sheriff said the corporation is not established for profit-making but to ensure the entire country is electrified.
Mr. Sheriff noted that even if the corporation makes profits, they would be used to directly increase stipends and other benefits for employees.
According to him, there was a lot of work that employees needed to do to have the system ready at all times; a situation that would benefit both the costumers and entity itself.
“Once the workers are effective on the job thereby meeting customers’ satisfaction, the public would be ensured that LEC is capable of serving its many customers.”
Mr. Sheriff also urged the employees to be more vigorous on the job to achieve management and customer desires.
For his part, the president of LEC’s Worker Union, Venne Georgeaye, lauded management of the corporation for signing the agreement.
He said when there is understanding among members of the work force the entity would do better in terms of production.
According to him, “this is not the first time for such an agreement to be signed; so I hope that this other CBA will remain effective.”
The Assistant Minister for Trade Unions at the Ministry of Labor, Boakai Sirleaf, also spoke to the gathering. He said that signing the CBA document is one thing and implementing it was another, adding that both parties should engage each other in constructive dialogue to avoid creating gaps in information.
Mr. Sirleaf then urged them to live by the terms and conditions as enshrined in the Agreement’s documents.