The Sierra Leone Labour Congress (SLLC) has engaged the Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security, Mohamed Rahman Swaray on work related issues and how the working mechanisms have been set for a perfect service delivery.
The team from the SLLC involving the national executive led by senior members, rolled out their work plan and congratulated the new minister and welcomed him into office. They assured him of their total commitment to work and ensure a positive outcome.
The Labour congress is one of the ministry’s key social partners as the ministry operates in a tripartite approach; that is, the Ministry, the Sierra Leone Employers’ Federation and the Sierra Leone Labour Congress.
Max Conteh, Secretary- General of the SLLC, presented workers-related issues which ranged from Salary disparities, conditions of service for most workers, NASSIT Laws, and non-compliance with the government’s minimum wage for workers.
He urged the minister to urgently spearhead an urgent popularization of the reviewed labour laws so as to hammer them home to every employer and employee, adding that the Employment, Labour and Social Security Ministry is amongst the most important ministries in any state, adding that the country is faced with issues of low productivity because successive governments have failed to lay premium on the ministry responsible for them.
In his response, the minister re-affirmed the President’s commitment to dialogue and work for the good of the country at all times.
He committed to work hand-in-glove with the partners to ensure that they resolve pending labour-related issues and in the area of non-compliance with the payment of minimum wage by employers, the minister said that he would not hesitate to go after any employer who fails to comply with the Government Gazette.