Thursday, June 20, 2013 09:43
63 Dismissed At Labour
Credible reports reaching the INQUIRER have revealed that the Minister of Labour, Vabah K. Gayflor, has directed the Director of Personnel, Augustine T. Bundor to immediately dismiss about 63 employees of that ministry. In a letter dated June 28, 2012 from the Inspectorate Division of the Ministry to the affected employees which is in the possession of this paper, under the signature of the Director of Personnel explained that the ministry is constrained to inform the workers that the Government has cut off from its 2012/ 2013 budget several non essential budget line items that may not be necessary to include at this point in time.
As a result of this, the letter further explained that the Labour Ministry was seriously affected when the professional and non professional budget line items, the only available source in its budget for which the employees were paid at the end of every month was removed.
The letter however stated that the employees were formally informed on June 8, 2012 through a MOU under the subject “Termination of Services” that their services would be terminated on June 30, 2012, after the Ministry claimed through its Public Relations Officer Mr. Kortu Nyenebo that the employees worked on a contractual basis.
But in a sharp reaction, most of the affected employees told the INQUIRER yesterday that the action of the Labour Ministry was totally unfair because Minister Vabah Gayflor was presently engaged in employing consultants with a fabulous salary of US$1,700 per month.
Those already employed as consultants include; Patricia Kamara, Peter Siapha, and Richard Sondah while Savior Mulbah, Bill Winnie, and two others only named Zac and Bendu are also being employed to occupy similar posts held by some of the dismissed employees.
The dismissed employees claimed that they have worked with the ministry for the past two and a half year under the stewardship of former Labour Ministers Tawon Gongloa and Jeremiah Sulunteh beginning 2010. The affected employees could neither confirm nor deny that they are civil servants but disclosed that they were asked to sit the Civil Servants test which they did and obtained certificates.