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Liberia: Inter-Con Security fined USD620 000 for alleged unfair labor practice

Author: Front Page Africa (Liberia), Published on: 29 October 2017

"Inter-Con Security Found Liable For Unfair Labour Practice in Liberia", 16 Oct 2017

One of the leading private security firms in Liberia, which provides security for the United States Embassy in Monrovia and other very important clients has been found liable for unfair labour practices and ordered to pay over six hundred thousand United States dollars to thirty (38) complainants. In a ruling from the Hearing Officer, Nathaniel S. Dickson of the Division of Labour Standards, Ministry of Labour, the Ministry has found Inter-con liable and ordered the security firm to pay an amount of six hundred twenty thousand four hundred eighteen Dollars and two cents United States Dollars (US$620,418.02) to 38 complainants...The case emanated from an indictment against 55 guards of the security firm who were indicted for alleged strike and charged for crime of felonious restraint, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and theft of property but following trial at Criminal “A” the guards filed a motion to dismiss the case...Since the Labour Hearing Officer ruling on September 27, 2017, the Inter-con Security System is yet to make any comment on the ruling, either to take an appeal to the court or reach an agreement on payment to the 38 persons affected by the company action. Unfair labour practices are very common by security firms and other employers in Liberia and in many instances some employees who cannot bear the hectic cost of litigation are infringed upon by employers.

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