Regional Labour Affairs

Pictorial of staff of the Regional Labour Affairs Division during the National Labour Conference

DIVISION OF REGIONAL LABOUR AFFAIRS 

INTRODUCTION

The Division of Regional Labor Affairs serves within administrative department of the Ministry of Labor, and  is responsible to supervise, monitor, and coordinate all labor related activities in the (15) leeward counties, including rural Montserrado. This division supervises and monitors Labor Commissioners, Labor Inspectors, and Clerk Typist in the leeward counties.  The Division is under the mandate to ensure Industrial Harmony across the (15) Counties including Rural Montserrado. The division has one office in each of County Service Center where all Labor matters are being heard.

MISSION AND SCOPE OF WORK

The mission of the Division of Regional Affairs is to ensure industrial harmony across the (15) counties, including rural Montserrado County. The division obligated to carry out the following

To supervise, private sector-led growth by implementing the access of the Decent Work Act and Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

To monitor intra-regional activities in Liberia, thus strengthening regional integration and enhancing the prospects for sustainable employment in the regions, and to coordinate all Labor Activities in leeward counties including, rural Montserrado. 

RESPONSIBILITY 

Conduct regular county tour to assess of staff performance and to conduct administrative audit.

Conduct routine and quarterly verification inspections at work places.

Conduct health and safety inspections to ensure that the requisite safety materials are provided to employees across the country.

Ensure the enforcement of the ECOWAS Bio-Metric Exercises and the printing of cards at the Counties Service Centers across the country.

Engage both management and employees through social dialogue to settle labor dispute and to avoid strike actions.

The adjudication of labor cases through our local offices.

Conduct capacity building workshop for staff within the division.

REPORTING AND PRIORITY AREAS

The Division of Regional Labour Affairs is headed by an Assistant Minister, who serves as the policy marker through presidential appointment.  The division report directly to the Deputy Minister for Administration who has oversight responsibility on the functions and activities of the division.  The priorities of the division are as follows:

To sensitize potential workers and managers, unionized and non-unionized, about their respective rights and obligations in the leeward counties;

To bring about an awareness of the Ministry of Labour– its role and functions;

To inform the counties about the role, function and services that the Regional Labour office offers; and

To provide better and regular training for staff; and

To conduct the above on an ongoing basis.

LEEWARD COUNTIES CASES TIMETABLE AND HEARING PROCEDURES

No. Date Received Complainant  and Defendant Hearing officer Assigned Nature of the Case Date Assigned Case Originate Case Status
1. Nov. 21, 2017 Col. Michael M.G. Fortune  Vs. Lee Group   Unfair Labour Practices   Bong   Not yet assigned
2 Nov. 28, 2017 Yartoma N. Sankolo Vs. Farmington Hetol Itoka Quoi Wrongful Dismissal May 24, 2018 Margibi Abandoned  
3. Dec. 18, 2017 Arthur Johnson  Vs. Lee Group Itoka Quoi Unfair Labour Practices May 24, 2018 Bong Pending  investigation
4. Feb. 14, 2018 Augustine Lomo Vs.  Firestone Liberia Itoka Quoi Wrongful Dismissal May 24, 2018 Gbarpolu Ongoing
5. March 14, 2018 Peter Tokpah Vs.  Forest Venture Augustine Gbosah Bad Labour Practices     Pending  
6. March 19, 2018 Foday Massaquoi Vs. Bea Mountain Mining Corporation Pyne Solomon Pyne Wrongful Dismissed May 21, 2018 Cape Mount Resolved      
7. March 26, 2018 Joseph M. Boimah  Vs. S. Edward Peal Robber farm Pyne Solomon Pyne Unfair Labour Practices May 21, 2018   Ongoing
8. March 26, 2018 Mulbah L. Kamara Vs.  Archelor Mittal  Lib. (AMH   Unfair Labour Practices     Abandoned      
9. April 6, 2018 Junior Bopah Vs. Forest Venture   Unfair Labour Practices     Pending     Not yet assigned  
10. April 10, 2018 Richard Parker Vs. Tiger Curry Inc. Itoka Quoi Unfair Labour Practices April 23, 2018 Upper Montserrado Resolved
11. April 25, 2018 Henry Dagoseh Vs. Met Zger Augustine Gbosah   May 22, 2018   Pending  investigation
12. April 28, 2018 Clarence Foboi Vs.  Bea Mountain Mining Company Augustine Gbosah   May 22, 2018 Cape Mount Pending  investigation
13. May 2, 2018 Fine Boy S. Gray Vs. China Harbour Engineering Co.   Wrongful Dismissal     Not yet assigned
14. May 2, 2018 Prince Jackson VS. China Harbor Engineering Company   Unfair Labour Practices     Not yet assigned
15. May 3, 2018 William John Vs. PR-TECH INC.   Unfair Labour Practices     Not yet assigned
16. May 3, 2018 William S. Wleh Vs. GVL Augustine Gbosah Wrongful Dismissal May 8, 2018 Maryland Resolved
17. May 3, 2018 Mrs. Satta Nelson  Vs. Providences Farm Pyne Solomon Pyne Wrongful Dismissal May 21, 2018 Bong County Payment Ongoing
18. June 5, 2018 Redundant Workers of Belle Resource vs  Belle Resource Mining Itoka Quoi Unfair Labour Practices June 11, 2018 Cape Mount Resolved
19. July 30, 2018 N. Karlewoe Dahn Vs Mandra Forestry Itoka Quoi Wrongful Dismissal July 31, 2018 Grand Bassa On Appeal At National Labour Court
20 July 31, 2018 Alfred B. Moore Et-Al Vs AICOL Itoka Quoi Unfair labor Practices August 10, 2018 Margibi Pending for ruling
21. August 13, 2018 Philip Togbah Vs Sino Liberia Investment Itoka Qoui Unfair labor Practices August 18, 2018 Margibi County Resolved
22. Sept. 17, 2018 Salay Yangbeh Et-Al Vs Management of Chico Itoka Quoi Unfair Labour Practices Sept. 21, 2018 River Gee Ongoing
23. October 15, 2018 Abraham Kromah Vs Management of Channel Logistic Itoka Quoi Wrongful Dismissal October 2018 Grand Kru Resolved
24. October 2018 Joseph N. Boimah Vs S. Edward Peal Rubber Farm Itoka Quoi Unfair Labour Practice October 2018 Bong County Ongoing
25. Nov. 8, 2018 Charles S. Dolo Vs Management of Zwedru Mining Itoka Quoi Wrongful Dismissal Nov. 9, 2018 Bong County Ongoing
26. Nov. 9, 2019 Oretha Mensehn Vs Firestone management Itoka Quoi Unfair Labor Practice Nov. 9, 2018 Margibi Resolved
27. Nov. 16, 2018 Gibson S. Dologbain Vs China Railway Engineering Co. Itoka Quoi Unfair Labor Practice Nov. 17, 2018 Maryland Resolved
28. Dec. 5, 2018 Emmanuel Kollie Et-Al Vs. Management of Zwedru Mining Itoka Quoi Unfair Labor Practice                     Dec. 7, 2018 Bong County Ongoing
29. Dec. 14, 2018 David G. Tuazama (FADECA) Vs Management of Welthunhilfe   Itoka Quoi Unfair Labour Practice Dec. 15, 2018 Sinoe County Ongoing
30. January 8, 2019 Foday Massaquoi Vs BEA Mountain Pyne Solomon Pyne Unfair Labor Practice Jan. 10, 2019 Cape Mount Ongoing