The Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) has made redundant 47 employees due to the significant decline in its operational budget.
The LMA said in a recently released ‘Circular of Redundancy’ that financial constraints have caused the decline in its operational budget, hence the reason for laying-off the workers.
Those affected include staff members in its administration and security, and its training institute in Marshall, Lower Margibi County.
The LMA’s letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, said the exercise is part of a series of cost-saving measures. The Daily Observer also learned that 50 additional workers would be laid off next month.
The LMA’s Associate Director for Research and Institutional Development, who is also the Communication Focal Person, Mr. Mulbah K. Yorgbor, confirmed the LMA’s action.
“The LMA has given one-and-half months pay to the laid off employees instead of a month, to represent a year against the number of years the workers worked, to show their thanks and appreciation for their services,” he said.
The LMA regretted the decision to make redundant those affected effective November 12.
The letter further said, “In this connection, the Labor Practices Law requires payment of one month in lieu of the notice, pay for accrued and unused vacation leave, six weeks payment for every year worked, etc. Your salary for the month of November 2015, less all-statutory deductions, will be deposited in your designated bank account at the end of the month when general salaries of the LMA are paid.
“Prior to receiving your severance payment, you are required to sign a release and turn over to the Human Resource Department all the authority’s property in your possession and under your control.”
Meanwhile, according to reports, redundant employees are planning to stage a press conference to announce their intent to sue the management of LMA, terming the management’s exercises as a “witch hunt” upon receipt of their November salary, as promised by the management.