Labor Ministry Rejects 12 Work Permit Requests
The Ministry of Labor, in an effort to implement the decent work bill that was passed into law since 2015, has denied 12 work permit requests from aliens and foreigners to work in the formal sector of the country.
According to Minister Moses Y. Kollie, there are more qualified Liberians who are well prepared to work in the formal sector of the country.
Minister Kollie assured citizens that his team at the Labor Ministry will make sure it continues to uphold the labor laws of the republic.
Minister Kollie made the disclosure on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular press conference.
Minister Kollie said there are ongoing efforts to establish what he called the National Tripartite Council that will subsequently lead to the formation of the Minimum Wage Board by the Liberian leader George M. Weah.
According to Minister Kollie, the purpose of the establishment of the Minimum Wage Board is to, from time to time, advise the Minister of Labor, review and recommend wages that will promote the attainment of decent work in the country.
According to Minister Kollie, in order to address some of the challenges currently being faced by the Ministry, coupled with limited manpower, capacity and framework, they have put in mechanisms to recruit, train and deploy labor commissioners, inspectors and solicitors across the country to help address some of the constraints faced by victims within the labor sector.
He noted that the Ministry intends to partner with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in hosting a national dialogue on the ILO initiated Decent Work Country Program ((DWCP).
Minister Kollie stressed that the partnership with ILO, when finalized, will help the country in different aspects of its development, especially the core functions of the Ministry of Labor.
At the same time, the Ministry of Labor in conjunction with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) will on Monday, April 2, 2018 begin a vigorous and comprehensive nationwide inspection exercise, which is aimed at paving the way for the generation of much needed revenue for government and to ensure full compliance of the decent work act of 2015.
Meanwhile, Minister Kollie has assured citizens that his team is confident that the pro poor agenda of President Weah is well alive at the Ministry of Labor.