UN Workers Threaten Strike Action
Sources close to the United Nations office in Sierra Leone (UN) have revealed that on Wednesday September 12th, staff of the UN will stage a peaceful protest action over what they describe as ‘discriminatory conditions of service.’
According to reliable sources, the conditions of service for National Staff are discriminatory as compared to that of foreign colleagues, which according to them does not reflect best practice. It was also revealed that the workers have decided to air their voices out since they are now having a new Executive Representative of Secretary General of the United Nation, ERSG Mr. Frandzen.
Talking anonymously to this press, a worker who is currently working with UNIPSIL revealed that the industrial strike action which is about to be staged as a social industrial cry, had being harbored silently for over a period of years, saying they had exhausted all efforts to see that their conditions of service be improved, but all seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.
He noted further that the spirit of the strike action is considered as a sit-down strike, which will be peaceful but effective as they will only call it off when their working conditions are addressed with all seriousness. He stated that conditions of service are getting unbearable as each day passes by.
As at press time, the top management of the UN in Freetown could not confirm the threats from staff members but it was later alleged that the embattled UN workers were not issued with a police authorisation to carry out the strike actions.
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