Liberia: Senator Jim Tornonlah Wants Senate’s Intervention in Roberts International Airport Workers’ Saga

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MONROVIA – The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has mandated its Committees on Transport and Labor to investigate the unwanted prevailing situation that is brewing between the workers comprising nearing 300 persons and the Management of the Roberts International Airport.

The decision of the Liberian Senate was predicated on a communication from Margibi County Senator, Jim W. Tornonlah, informing Plenary that the management of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) contracted the Ground Handling Departments of the Airport to a foreign company called “National Aviation Services” without properly discussing the future of the workers in these departments.

The Margibi County Lawmaker asserted that the management went ahead to finalize the deal without the consent of the workers’, adding “When the workers got to know that their plight was not prioritized, it brewed tension and Minister Nathaniel McGill swiftly intervened and authorized the management to halt the deal until the plight of the affected workers can be addressed”.

Additionally, Senator Tornonlah informed Plenary that a decision was reached by the Minister of Labor, Cllr. Charles Gibson that no worker should be terminated until their plight is settled before the foreign company takes over.

The Margibi Senator informed the Senate that the Management of RIA has already started the suspension and termination of employees affected by this take over, something he said needs swift intervention by the Senate.

The Joint Committee is expected to report its findings to Plenary in one week time.

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