“MOL to Promote Decent Work in Liberia’s Informal Economy”

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-Says Assistant Labor Minister Dumoe

Assistant Labour Minister for Regional Affairs, Wilson V. Dumoe, has spoken of a government’s plan to promote decent work in the informal economy, a release has said.

The informal economy is the diversified set of economic activities, enterprises, jobs, and workers that are not regulated or protected by the state. The concept originally applied to self-employment in small unregistered enterprises. It has been expanded to include wage employment in unprotected jobs.

Mr. Dumoe said the government has already begun taking tangible steps improving labour activities.

According to the release, Dumoe made the statement recently at a Tripartite Meeting of the African Regional Labour Administration Center (ARLAC) on Promoting Decent Work in the Informal Economy, held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The five days meeting, according to a statement from the Labour Minsitry, was held from June 25 – 29, 2018. It brought together representatives from ten African countries, including Liberia.

While presenting Liberia’s position on national frameworks and policies on decent work in the informal economy, Dumoe highlighted provisions of Liberia’s new Labour Law (Decent Work Act of 2015) that are intended to promote decent work in the country.

He informed the gathering that the Decent Work Act of 2015 addresses issues affecting workers in both the informal and formal sectors of Liberia’s economy by looking at the need for equal pay for equal work, union and collective bargaining rights, freedom of association, prohibition of discrimination and sexual harassment at work places.

Dumoe also informed participants that the current administration at the Ministry of Labour is leaving no efforts out with regards to upholding the full implementations of the Decent Work Act of 2015.

He said in an effort to promoting better wages for workers, the current decent work puts the minimum wage for causal workers from US$2. to US$3.50 and US$5.50 for skilled workers, something he believes will improve the living conditions of employees and casual workers contrary to previous low rates.

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