On October 11, 2023, the Minister of Employment, Labour, and Social Security, Mr. Mohamed Rahman Swaray, along with a high-level delegation, embarked on a fact-finding mission to address labor welfare concerns at the Mackie Stores cement packaging and distribution factory, located at Ferry Junction, Freetown-Sierra Leone.

Accompanied by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Madam Fatmata Mustapha, and a team of Occupational Safety and Health Officers, the Minister’s visit comes in response to a series of complaints regarding laborers’ welfare at the cement factory.

The primary objective of the visit is to engage directly with the laborers, providing them an opportunity to voice their concerns and share their experiences. This hands-on approach by the Minister and his team aims to gain a firsthand understanding of the laborers’ working conditions, safety measures, and overall well-being.

The Minister’s commitment to ensuring fair and safe working conditions for laborers in Sierra Leone reflects the government’s dedication to upholding workers’ rights and improving the labor landscape across the country.

The visit to the Mackie Stores cement factory signifies the government’s proactive approach to addressing labor welfare issues and reinforces its commitment to promoting decent work conditions for all citizens. Further actions and potential policy changes may follow this investigation, based on the findings and recommendations provided by the Minister and his delegation.