The National Labour Conference organized by the Ministry of Labour and partners under the theme ‘A Decent Workforce Under One Labour Law’ opens today at the Monrovia City Hall with President George M. Weah expected to serve as keynote speaker.
The conference which brings together stakeholders including lawmakers, tripartite partners, the judiciary and international partners is aimed at discussing various aspects of the Liberian labour law with a view of harmonizing all inconsistencies.
According to a statement from the Labour Ministry, participants at the conference will also review strategies of implementations of the various national action plans including child labour, trafficking in persons, HIV/AIDS in the work place and the Decent Work Country Program.
“Participants will share approaches and best practices for a decent work environment and come out with a comprehensive report that will lead to the harmonization of the Decent Work Act and the standing Orders of the Civil Services Agency (CSA). This will allow equal protection of workers in both private and public sectors through the implementation of these laws” The Ministry’s statement added.
Among the 200 participants at the conference will include national delegates from the 15 political subdivisions of the country, the tripartite constituent that include Government, employers and workers/workers’ association; the private sector; Non-State Actors;International partners; legal and labour experts; CSO; INGO among others.
A decade ago, Liberia began the process of labor market reforms based on assessment instituted by the International Labour Organization to determine the status of the labour market in most conflict environment. The assessment outlined the following labour market deficits which adversely affected it growth and development. The problems discovered included outdated labor laws, lack of concrete and accurate labor market information, lack of employment policy, weak labor administration and proliferation of labor unions among others.
With assistance from development and international partners including the International Labour Organization, UNDP, Realizing Rights, USAID, EU, American Bar Association among others reforms were launched to improve on the deficits and set the pace for a functional labour market institution.