The Liberian government distributes 1,500 copies of books on labor law…

To the judiciary

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Labor has distributed one thousand five (1500) copies of the Labor Law of Liberia (Decent Work Act 2015) to three legal institutions in Liberia.

According to a press release issued by the ministry, the Louis Arthur Grimes Law School of the University of Liberia, the Judicial Institute of the Temple of Justice and the National Bar Association of Liberia each received five hundred (500) copies of the lateral law book.

Making presentations on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, instead, Minister of Labour, Cllr. Charles H. Gibson said the goal of the Department of Labor is to ensure that workers’ rights are protected and promoted and as such works to ensure that all lawyers and law students can have a copy of Liberia’s labor laws.

“Workers and employers are always in conflict; just as marriages sometimes run into arguments. Is a relationship protected by law and regulations. The Ministry of Labor hopes that by sharing copies of the labor law with these institutions and with lawyers who visit them, standards of labor practices will be strengthened. » Min. Gibson said.

At Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia -Cllr. Jallah Barbu and Minister Gibson

Minister Gibson said the presentation will help workers across the country have better access to judicial review of their complaints, as they are the weakest ship when it comes to settling labor cases.

At Lewis Arthur Grime Law School, the Minister of Labor has instructed the Dean of Students to ensure that all students at the school receive a copy of the booklet highlighting the importance of studying law.

In remarks to the Judiciary and the Liberia Bar Association, Minister Gibson said his ministry hopes the donation will be used to help empower lawyers so they can better represent workers. and employers in the settlement of labor disputes, noting that the labor law provides for social dialogue and not only judicial.

“The ministry hopes that lawyers who deal with labor issues will benefit from both sides of the law, as labor issues are often resolved through social dialogue more quickly and more cheaply than court proceedings,” a- he declared.

Minister Gibson has acknowledged that workers’ rights are widely violated because workers are the weakest vessel in the arrangement of the employment contract and hopes that empowered lawyers will further encourage them and improve their ability to represent workers and their employers, noting that where there are no employers there will be no jobs and where there are no jobs there will be no workers.

Minister Gibson and the President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA)

In separate remarks, the Tribunal Administrator of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Madam Elizabeth B. Nelson, praised the Ministry of Labor for the donation, adding that the tribunal has received several donations from partners and donors, but from a government department, it’s unbelievable.

She assured the Minister of Labor that the books will be managed by the judiciary in the way that each lawyer will have access to them.

Also speaking on behalf of the National Bar Association of Liberia, the president of the association, Cllr. Sylvester Rennie commended the government of Liberia for providing additional resources to lawyers in Liberia.

According to him, Liberian lawyers most often find it difficult to obtain documentary resources that can easily help them to litigate cases for their clients.

He said that labor law is very important in Liberian society as it protects the rights of Liberian employees and their employers and as such practicing lawyers need to know it in detail to guide them in a matter like the labor issue.

Clr. Rennie also said that only a lawyer who meets the criteria and holds a license would obtain or receive a copy of the labor law known as the Decent Work Act 2015.

Meanwhile, the Dean of Lewis Arthur Grime School of Law at the University of Liberia, Cllr. Jallah Barbu thanked Cllr. Gibson for seeing the need to donate five hundred copies of the labor law book that will enable students to learn more about Liberia labor law.

According to him, the Decent Work Act 2015 came to them at the right time and will and will be used for its intended purpose.

He also said the book will help straighten out the learning agenda at school.

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Nancy I. Romero