The Executives of the Sierra Leone Labor Congress and other stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Ports Authority Senior Staff Association and the Dock Workers Union have showered praises on the management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority for the first phase of payment of benefits to ex- employees of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority which commenced on Tuesday 16th July at the Sierra Leone Labor Congress headquarters.
The SLPA management few months back vowed to pay all benefits (monies) due former employees of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority and this was a demonstration of the commitment to its vow, said the Vice President of the Sierra Leone Labor Congress, Alhaji Muctarr Williams, adding that the first phase of payment has brought hope to other ex-employees whose payment will be effected soon. Alhaji Williams commended the ex-SLPA employees for their patience.
The Presidents of the Ports Authority Senior Staff Association and the Dock Workers Union, Idrissa Mango Tarawally and Alpha Bundu, expressed similar sentiments on SLPA management and other stakeholders including the former Chairman of the National Commission for Privatization (NCP), the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Transport and Aviation.
Addressing former employees, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Dr. Abdulai Fofana reiterated his management’s commitment to pay all benefits due ex-SLPA employees. He said his administration inherited a bad economy and urged ex-employees who are yet to receive their benefits to exercise patience as Management is working on their payments.
SLPA Deputy General Manager, Yankuba Askia Bio said it is a tough moment for management as they inherited plethora of cases of non-payments of ex-workers benefits from the past management. He assured stakeholders that the new management will put the records straight.