Former FWMC workers demand end of service pay
486 former employees of the defunct Freetown Waste Management Company (FWMC) have presented their petition to the Freetown City Council (FCC) for payment of their redundancy package and end of service benefit.
The decision was taken over the weekend at a meeting held at Black Hall Road that was attended by previous employees of the company.
Explaining to this press, the spokesman, Mohamed A. Bakarr, revealed that as former employees of the FWMC, in November last year, their service was terminated when MASADA company was taking over the waste management in the city.
He said as legal employees, their termination by FWMC was illegal taking to consideration that FCC Management failed to prepare any formal redundancy package that they would have live on until their end of service benefit is paid.
Mr. Bakrr furthered dilated on the process of payment for them is that the documentary have to be worked out by Freetown Waste Management being the direct employer and go through the Central Government.
He also noted that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Finance are key players in the process who have been given the responsibility to supervise the process but nothing positive have been a development they are not pleased with.
He continued that their action to demand for their payment is in line with the laws of the land which due process they are following with all seriousness as it is stated clearly that “If an employer redundant an employee, he or she ensure payment for redundancy and at the same time prepare to offset his or her end of service package.
Mr. Bakrr also told this medium that after making several engagement with the Chief Administrator Freetown City Council (FCC) Mr. John Amadu Conteh, asking for their benefit it was after that the Chief Administrator wrote a letter to the Minster of Labor and Social Security Hon. Matthew Teambo, asking why he failed to attend one of the most important meeting that was arranged to settle the fracas between former employees and the Freetown City Council (FCC).
It was during that period Mohamed A. Bakarr went on, the Chief Administrator was later invited to another meeting by one of the officials in the Ministry of Labor Mr. Max Alie to discuss the way forward regarding the payments of these redundant workers.
He alleged that during that meeting, the CA Mr. Conteh walked out of the meeting without after disagreeing on certain points which he was asked to clarify before the Labour Official which aggrieved the former workers.
Mohamed A. Bakarr is urging government and other stakeholders to intervene so that they could get their full package other than that they would stage demonstration in reaction for their lawful benefit.
However efforts to reach the Chief Administrator proved futile until press time.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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