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Workers at Connaught on Strike!

Workers at Connaught on Strike!

AFWEM (SL) Limited workers employed at the Connaught hospital have decided to go on a sit down strike yesterday 2nd December for salary owed them for the past four months. AFWEM (SL) Limited is a cleaning company situated at 56 Campbell Street, Freetown. According to few of the disgruntled workers who spoke to the Sierra Express Media said they have worked laboriously to see that the hospital compound is kept clean on a daily basis.

When asked why they have not been paid for the past five months now, one bold member of AFWEM (SL) Limited told our reporter that reasons as to why their salaries have not been given to them was not disclosed, “and that is still a mystery to all of us,” confirmed Mr. Musa Kargbo. He added with a bitter tone that this time around their voices are going to be heard by the president, H.E Ernest Bai Koroma.

The disappointed workers comprised of old and young including vulnerable women in their midst who complained in apt bitterness over the non payment of salary. As there is no other source of livelihood for them beside the meager Le 200,000 given them per month, they say. Among these workers was Mary Kargbo who intimated this press that about 18 of them have been redundant because they protested against the non payment of salary.

Talking to another angry worker who prefers to be anonymous she explained that they are responsible for taking care of the rubbish and filth of patients and doing other nasty jobs at the government central hospital; but it seems that their chairman Mr. Sahid Kamara is paying no attention to their cry. “In fact Mr. Koroma is making himself too busy and he is always on the move, blind to our suffering”, lamented, this anonymous worker.

As cleanliness is a prerequisite to good health these cleaners have made their problems known to the authorities concerned but none of them have come to say a word to them at least to console their worry. Upon making their story known to Sierra Express Media, these menial workers pleaded with chorus voice that government through its Ministry of Health and Sanitation look into their plight and bring out solutions for them. 

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