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ON MAY DAY: LABOUR MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS  IN ADDRESSING LABOUR ISSUES
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ON MAY DAY: LABOUR MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS  IN ADDRESSING LABOUR ISSUES

ON MAY DAY: LABOUR MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS  IN ADDRESSING LABOUR ISSUES

ON MAY DAY: LABOUR MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS  IN ADDRESSING LABOUR ISSUES



Sierra Leone’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Alpha Osman Timbo, has called on the Government and its partners to enhance their commitments in addressing labour issues in the country.
The Minister was speaking at an event marking the celebration of International Workers’ Day (MAY DAY) on 1st May, 2021, at the Family Kingdom, Aberdeen, Freetown. In collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Sierra Leone Employers’ Federation, the Sierra Leone Labour Congress held a low-key celebration on the theme ‘COVID-19 AND THE FUTURE OF WORK IN SIERRA LEONE’.
Mr. Timbo observed that workers were without a doubt, faced with numerous challenges as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but pointed out that Sierra Leone was very lucky because there is a “constructive and proactive leadership which has kept the Pandemic under control”.
He noted that one good thing the outbreak of COVID-19 did for the country was that, it pushed it towards digitization; adding that the state could not have been in a position to implement some of the reforms it was now executing and achieving, as far as digitization is concerned. “It is hoped that we can only improve on these things after COVID-19,” he continued.
“As a result of what we have all suffered as workers since the emergence of COVID-19, this day calls for more committed and concerted efforts from us as a Government, the Federation and Labour Congress, to continue to work together now more than ever before to share our opportunities, discuss the challenges which we all face together, and map out a future which all of us will collectively implement,” Minister Timbo admonished.
Further, the Minister advised all workers to continue to have confidence in the President Bio-led administration, irrespective of current challenges, “because the government has the best interest of workers at heart”. He assured all that the Ministry will look into the issues raised by the President of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress in his speech, and take appropriate actions where necessary.
The Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, pointed out that the country still had a reason to celebrate, despite the fact that we were celebrating in the midst of a pandemic that has not only affected the labour force and the work environment; but has also changed how the world has been functioning for quite some time now. “It has impacted the work force and work environment tremendously in Sierra Leone as we see businesses close down, jobs lost, hospitality industries crippled, entertainment industry in slow motion and border crossing points virtually empty,” VP Juldeh Jalloh stated.
Against all odds however, he revealed that Sierra Leone has been rated the 5th most stable country in Africa, according to international indicators.
As a government, the Vice President noted that they believed it was necessary to celebrate International workers’ Day because workers are vital to the development prospect of every nation. “Without workers there is no development and without development there is no nation,” he said.
 “There is no government that understands your aspirations and fight than the New Direction Government of President Julius Maada Bio, and that is why we will continue to engage Labour Unions to work together to improve the welfare of workers; while at the same time making the country competitive for job creation.” Vice President Juldeh assured all present. 

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