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Former Communications Network Employees Win Labor Case

The News (Monrovia), 4 September 2000

Monrovia - The Ministry of Labor in Monrovia has finally handed down a ruling in the case involving the management of the Liberia Communications Network (LCN) and some employees who were declared redundant in 1998 by the entity.

In November 1999, the employees filed a formal complaint at the Labor Ministry for an illegal redundancy instituted against them by the Management. The Director of Labor Standard at the Labour Ministry, Mr. Philip G. Williams invited both parties along with their legal counselors.

Following several months of full-scale investigation, the Ministry last Thursday ruled against the LCN Management for unfair labor practice. In the ruling, the Ministry ruled that the action of the LCN Management contravenes the labor practices law of the country.

The Ministry further maintained that the LCN Management is to comply with Section 9a count One and (a) count Two of Title 19-A of the Labor Practices Law of Liberia by awarding the aggrieved employees an aggregate of sixteen months each of their basic earnings which is equivalent to sixteen-thousand-five hundred and sixty United States dollars. This amount, the ministry said is for ten of the redundant employees whose positions were directly affected.

At the same time, the management is to re-instate the ten persons and restore their status.