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Liberia Broadcasting System Workers Union salutes President-elect George Weah on victory…

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President-elect of the Republic of Liberia, George M.Weah
President-elect of the Republic of Liberia, George M.Weah

MONROVIA,LIBERIA- The Liberia Broadcasting System Workers Union (LIBSWU) is extolling Montserrado County Senator, George Manneh Weah, President–Elect of  Liberia following Tuesday’s, December 26 Presidential Run-off Election.

LIBSWU wants the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led Government, under President-elect Weah, to focus on national healing, reconciliation, peace and development as a means of moving Liberia forward.

The Union is also appealing to the Executive and Legislative Branches in the CDC led Government to give the much needed attention to the LBS as the “National Broadcaster” to be more effective and efficient in the dissemination of information to the Liberian people.

LIBSWU’s President, Moses Dorbor, said: “Currently employees at the National Broadcaster are the least paid in the Sub-region, as compared to their professional colleagues, a situation that needs to be addressed”.

The Workers Union further calls on the First Branch of Government, members of the 54th National Legislature to fast track the passage of a bill to make LBS a Public Broadcast Institution, this, the Union said, will make LBS independent in its operations.

The transformation of the Liberia Broadcasting System into a Public Service Broadcaster has been tabled before the House of Representatives almost nine years now.

It was first submitted to the 51st Legislature, together with a bill to establish an Independent Broadcast Regulator and the Freedom of Information Act, in 2008 by the Press Union of Liberia and partners.

Meanwhile, LIBSWU is commending the Standard Bearer of the ruling Unity Party, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, for conceding defeat in the December 26 Presidential Poll, and congratulating Senator Weah for being the winner.

LIBSWU indicated that the move by Vice President Boakai, which is first in the political history of Liberia, signifies that Liberia’s emerging democracy is maturing and called on all Liberians to reflect on his historical speech in making their country a better place on the continent of Africa.

The Liberia Broadcasting System Workers Union in a release issued in Monrovia, thanked President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf for her role played in maintaining a peaceful Liberia for twelve years, and rebuilding its image among the community of nations.

The Union further commended the Liberian people for the peaceful participation in the December 26 Presidential Run-off Election, and called on them to join hands to work together and put behind them their political differences.

LIBWSU also praised the Regional Block ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and European Union, including the United States Government and other friendly countries, for their numerous supports given Liberia during the entire electoral process.

“Their supports had built Liberia’s democracy and helped greatly in the overall socio-economic development of this country” LIBSWU release concluded.

The Liberia Broadcasting System Workers Union, then the Liberia Broadcasting Workers’ Association, got Union Status in 2013, under the leadership of Maxwell Johnson, as President.

LIBSWU is now in negotiation with the LBS management to sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CAB) with the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Management.

The Union can also sign agreement with other entities in Liberia for the promotion and wellbeing of LBS employees.

The Union recently participated in the National Convention of the National Labour Congress of Liberia, where its current President, Moses K. Dorbor, served on the Grievance Committee that ushered in a new leadership for that organization.

 


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