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Welcoming The Passage Of The Decent Work Bill

Date: 2013-07-03
ON TUESDAY, THE Liberian Senate passed one of the contentious bills that had been languishing in the National Legislature since 2009 but further clarities are needed before its submission to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
THE NEW LABOR Law otherwise referred to as the Decent Work Bill, was passed by the House of Representatives at the time of the agriculture break without setting what should've been the real minimum wages.
AT TUESDAY'S REGULAR session, plenary of the Senate overwhelmingly voted to set a minimum wage of 75 cents per hour or six dollars per day for workers in the employment sectors. The Senate reached its decision after series of heated debate from each Senator expressing views, claims and counter claims surrounding the passage of the bill.
THE BILL HAD suffered several setbacks in the chambers of the Senate and was previously turned over to the Committee on Labor headed by River Gee County Senator, Matthew Jaye.
SEN. JAYE'S COMMITTEE report recommended to plenary that it has set a minimum wage for the bill to be given consideration for passage. Some Senators argued that the bill was full of ambiguities and that it was prudent to seek advice from some stakeholders before proceeding with the matter though the Senators embraced the introduction of the bill.
WE SUPPORT THE views of many of the Senators who reasoned that indeed, the Decent Work Bill must be passed so that workers can obtain good working condition in the country. It is a known fact that the bill has been languishing at the National Legislature for nearly four years and that now is the time that it be enacted into law.
WE JOIN THE lawmakers who think that it's now prudent to ensure that workers attain good condition and benefit from the kind of works they do for the Liberian people.
WE CALL ON plenary of the Liberian Senate to do its necessary clarifications and endorse Senator Jaye's report which recommended US$6 per day and US$75 cents per hour. Our advice to that august body is that any change to be made in the report must be in the interest of the Liberian people who are instructional in the day-to-day running of the country.
AS WE CONCLUDE, we again call on members of the Legislature to consider the Decent Work Bill as paramount to the growth and development of the country. Let the Senate do the necessary clarification and enact the bill. This will be in the best interest of the Liberian people.
Updated: July 3, 2013