‘Pay Arrears by Dec. 15 or We Go Slow’

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Moibah K. Johnson, CSUL President

— Civil Servants’ ultimatum to Gov’t

Ahead of members of the Council of Patriots pending December 30th “Weah Step Down” campaign, and with just 10 days to December 15, 2019, the Civil Servants Union of Liberia (CSUL), has given the government an ultimatum to pay them their delayed salaries and benefits or else, “we will get in the street and demand from the government to pay us.”

By definition, civil servants are employees of the government. They comprise mainly career bureaucrats hired on professional merit rather than politically appointed or elected, whose institutional tenure typically survives transitions of political leadership.

Their statement comes against the backdrop of assurance by President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie that the government is “working very hard” to stabilize payments of salaries by the end of February 2020 and that, “This special session of the Legislature is a catalyst for the achievement of the objective to pay salary arrears and move on with other development programs.

“We appeal to our people for understanding the situation of the salary delay. Even though the next few months will be difficult with delayed salary payments continuing up to the Christmas season, we can assure you that the government [will] pay all salaries by February, 2020,” the President Pro Tempore said on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 as he welcomed his colleagues back for yet another Special Extraordinary Session.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has reported that the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has fallen short of its projected revenue collection from July to November 15, 2019 by approximately US$60 million.

But Chie said “the consequence of this significant shortfall in revenue collection is manifested in delay in payment of salaries to public sector workers, and the multiplier effect: a sluggish overall economy.”

In this regard, the CSUL has therefore called on the government to fully respect the spirit of and intent of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered between the all constituent members of the Union and the government on October 19, 2019.

The MoU, according to the CSUL’s statement issued on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, among other essential things and or issues, requires the government to ensure the regularization of the payment of civil servants’ salaries.

As such, the CSUL, including but not limited to health workers, all teachers, among them the ones assigned with the Monrovia Consolidated School System, and the CSUL Chapter heads and members of the ministries and agencies, have resolved that the government ensure all salary arrears owed all civil servants, whether three, four or whatever month(s) it is, are fully paid no longer than December 15, 2019.

According to the CSUL, failure to ensure that the salary payments are made current to alleviate the untold or unbearable sufferings to which the civil servants have been subjected owing to what has appeared to be government’s flagrant refusal to pay, “will lead to a national go-slow action by all civil servants across the country’s 15 counties, including but not limited to the health workers, teachers, local government employees, etc.”

“It is our hope that the government will take seriously this decision and act accordingly,” the statement, signed by CSUL president, Moibah K. Johnson, said.

The CSUL said it attaches serious interest to the well-being of its members, and will not sit idly and allow “our membership swim hopelessly in the bottomless pit of the no salary syndrome during the festive season.”

The statement added, “The re-occurrence of bravely allowing us to go unpaid during the 2019 July 26 period etc, is a no-no in this period.”

They declared: “Enough is enough as we can no longer bear the hardship.”

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17 COMMENTS

  1. This government is incapable of paying her civil servants. This is just the beginning as there are more havoc ahead. Liberians should better chase Weah out of power; else, the country will be worse than ever before. All the gains the country made are being revised. That is what you get when you elect a functional illiterate to lead a country of few million people in the 21st century.

    He is an eighth grade graduate with no other cultivated education aside from playing soccer which ascended him to a superficial and ephemeral glory. When people lamented his dim witted state, as he sought the presidency of Liberia on two occasions and failed, his supporters encourage him to get degrees so as to quell public criticisms against his lack of education,

    So, rather than go to class to learn as a student, he ended up hiring Christopher Wisner to do all of his online classes at DeVry University, one of the many poorest in the air Universities in America. He then sat home and drank, womanize, and took degrees that are of no use. I have always said that Weah was a functional illiterate man. He has already failed to run the county; the only thing we are waiting for is his imminent departure to his new home in Jamaica, a home he constructed in the first 6 months of his presidency.

  2. We have worked hard and fast enough for bearing with this government
    today for the government coming up to say 2020 before paying begins that is nonsense

    • Hahaha.… Just continue to bear with them, as you live on mannas from heaven. You need to action accordingly, if you intend to be taken seriously. We are getting tired of your empty threats.

  3. We support you. Go slow, demand your arrears. They have money to break down their 4 houses and reconstruct them as mansions in one year. They have money, they will pay if you go slow.
    But beware, it must be peaceful and civilized!

  4. Mr civil service president, you guys need to give this government some time after all the government is still “young.” The government has been in power barely two years, so you guys really need to give the government some time.This government is run by “patriots” and people who “love the country from the bottom of their hearts”, so you guys don’t need to go slow. Please, I beg.

    • Weah had money to build his 47 condos and purchase/lease a private jet but no money to pay salaries? He should be impeached or driven out of office. He’s a loser!! Some Liberians are very dumb and you’re one of those.

  5. Where in the world do we hear the release of salaries to government employees is based on seasonal and festive activities? Nowhere. Only in Liberia this has finally become the norm. Consequently, the economy has fallen in a state of deep, economic depression.

    The payments of salaries on time and the honoring of promissory notes for goods and services deliver to the government by vendors plays a vital role in energizing the economy. The velocity (speed) of this activity helps in the growth of local businesses because it enables them to generate more goods and services as well as hire more people. And as more and more people work and are being paid on time, they instead use such purchasing power to buy their essential needs and provide for the basic necessities of life.

    The effect sparks a circular flow of consumption. What do I mean? When people are paid regularly for work done, they put the money back into the economy by purchasing their needs. Under optimum circumstances, this chain effect eventually leads to a gradual macro-expansion of the overall economy.

    Signs of the time are showing the government’s current economic policies seem not to point towards this direction. Until some stringent actions are taken to address this situation, the economy will remain in this comatose state for a long time.

  6. “You don’t need to be a Socrates to rule Liberia”, said our beloved people some years back. Thank God Liberia has “our man” president. Let’s tighten our belts for the next 4 years; no violence please. The child that can hear can feel at least.

    Cummings and “apologists” will once again come to talk to you people. You will need to listen and hear what we will tell you. If you decide to go for the “popular” people again, well we’ll be doomed.

    The time is not too long again, just 4 more years. Pray for your Christmas next month.

  7. The constant and continual violation of the organic laws of Liberia by the President of Liberia requires the immediate attention and subsequent actions of all stack-holders, especially the Houses of Representatives, the Senate and the Judiciary Branch. The people of Liberia elected you the Representatives and Senators to act on their behalf, in the best interest of the Nation and in an effort to improve the living standards of the people and the image of the Republic world-wide. The Judiciary is also charged with the responsibility of adjudication justice without fear and or favor in a timely manner, consistent with, and within the confines of the laws and Constitution of the Republic. Unfortunately, recent national decisions by President Weah to circumvent the Constitution and established norms and make arbitrary appointments of unqualified individuals to represent our Nation’s interest, have and continued to be hurtful and detrimental to the local and international image of our Nation.

    It’s also unfortunate that the continual “so say one, so say all” mentality of the Tubman era has been resuscitated and is thriving in the Weah lead CDC Government, especially in this 21st century. The trend is dangerous and undercut the democratic gains made thus far, and set the stage for future conflict in our fragile Nation. I’m sure that our Lawmakers are aware and I also hope that members of the three distinct branches of the Liberian Government understand the enormous tasks of governance, the intent and purpose of the separation of powers of the three branches of the Liberian Government as enshrined by our fore-fathers in our Constitution. In an effort to avoid future abuse of the Constitution and laws of our Nation or correct the enormity of the current state of affairs of our Republic under the Weahs administration, the other two branches must act to save our Nation from total collapse. The current impeachment trial of President Trump in the United States should inform us that no one is above the laws and serve as a deterrent for governance of our institutions. The current abuse of power in Liberia by the Weah’s administration, if not arrested and or discouraged, will eventually led to dictatorship which Liberians are not prepared to handle.

    And so, the purpose of my communication is not to lecture you on the reasoning behind the three branches of our government, but to remind you of your civic and solemn duty for which you were elected, and for which you took oaths to protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia at all times. In this regard, the Liberian people are relying on you to ensure that the checks and balances of the system work to improve their quality of life, regardless of your individual political persuasions. It must be noted that words of our Constitution are not just mere words, they are living and breathing organic laws of our Nation without which, Liberia will not be considered and referenced as an independent sovereign Nation. And therefore, it’s recumbent upon all Liberians to uphold, support and protect our Constitution, with the greater burden on elected and appointed officials within institutions of our Nation.

    The current abuse of power in Liberia by the Weah’s administration, if not arrested and or discouraged, will eventually led to dictatorship which Liberians are not prepared to handle. The Constitution of Liberia, Article 1 reads: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefits and they have the right to alter and reform same when their safety and happiness so require. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, The People Shall Have The Right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution, to cause their Public Servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments. And so Fellow Liberians, the Constitution is crystal clear on the subject without ubiquity. We can no longer sit idly and wait for God’s intervention as some have advocated. In my view, prayers without action is a worthless endeavor. Let’s pray and also act for God’s intervention to save our Nation and people.

  8. Tony Leewaye, you do not know ANYTHING essential about checks and balances or the principles of the separation of powers.

    So, saying you do not intend to lecture on such tenets is simply STUPIDITY sandwished between ignorance and pretense, as evidenced in such silly and extremely poor gramatical construction as “adjudication justice without fear”.

    Why don’t you leave Minnesota to come here in Monrovia to do what you want others to do for you and your fellow LOSERS who foolishly thought corrupt Boakai would ever win election in Liberia to give a semi-literate Tony Leewaye government job?

    • Leewaye, you must master grammatical construction before indulging into copious writings on issues BEYOND your semi-literate thoughts.

    • Zoebohn, learn to intellectually react to other people’s analysis instead of using profanities and pigheaded conclusions. If Liberia thrives, jobs will look for qualified Liberians. No one is saying anything here for job but common interests and concerns.

  9. Tony, if you had studied politics at atleast at the freshman level, you would have known or you would know that considering the political capital of this PRESIDENT – a political capital which made possible the political capital the very PRESIDENT’S PARTY AND COALITION ENJOY IN THE VERY LEGISLATURE, you woul not be spewing such dullness.

    • If this is how some of you who studied political science reason, I don’t want to study that course.
      To talk about dullness, I think I understand Tony better than some clever people.

    • Mr. Dolo,
      Thanks so much for responding to Mr. Weah’s attack-dogs who are barking at me for a few typographical errors. I admit that I inadvertently sent out the draft copy of my write up on the subject under discussion. However, the substance of my message is understood and was never challenged. As such, I will leave the message as written.

      It’s unfortunate that Mr. Weah’s attack-dogs cannot even challenge the substance of my message and have resorted to the use of profanities and innuendoes to justify their ignorance. I refused to go down the gutter with such trash talks.

      It’s clear that the ineptitude of their protected “Country Giant” is exemplified in their reactions to my communication. Again, thank you so much and let’s keep up the struggle for good governance in our beloved Liberia. We will not be deterred by criminal-minded folks living on crumbs from Mr. Weah’s loot.

  10. How are our brothers surviving? No pay for four or five months? But it is good for them. They wanted Weah who would give them instant bags of rice – rice always being the game changers.. Are you going to wait out the remaining four years of his first term? What would you be eating then?

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