Launches HSE Safety Awareness Forum -Assures Disabled Inclusiveness In Job Placement

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Labour Minister, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, said the ministry is committed to ensuring that members of the disabled community are absorbed at every level of work, both in government and in the private sector. “We may not have been implementing this in the past, though this administration which is quit young, but we have the opportunity to sit with partners and discuss the welfare of our people,” he said. Minister Kruah, speaking at the opening of a two-day ‘Tripartite Partner’s Sectorial Consultation Results Review and Social Dialogues Meeting,’ held at the EJS Ministerial Complex in Monrovia, expressed satisfaction for the partnership between the ministry and AIFO/CAD-L and promised to do everything within his power to ensure that it is  enhanced. Minister Kruah stressed the important role tripartite partners in Liberia are playing as a strong pillar in moving the labour sector forward as such; thus challenging line Ministries to support its work. He described tripartite arrangement as a respected household, noting that at recent International Labor Conference, the issue of tripartite was discussed at every level, including labour ministers, employers and workers’ representatives. He emphasized that the participation of all members in the working of the Tripartite Council of Liberia is very crucial to the enforcement of some of the areas of the Decent Work Act which warrants attention of government and partners. For her part, the Project Officer of AIFO/CAD-L, Rebecca Stubblefield expressed delight over the meeting, noting that social dialogue component of the project was basically intended to craft a road-map on Decent work for persons living with disability in Liberia. Madame Stubblefield spoke further of the significance of a collective agreement among the tripartite constituents; (Workers, Employers and government) in order to achieve a cohesive work environment. Touching on the objective of the project, Mrs. Stubblefield disclosed that the program is aimed at improving the economic wellbeing of persons living disabilities in Liberia. She named the Liberia Labour Congress (LLC), the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC), Ministries of Labour, Health and Gender as well as the National Union of Organizations of Disabilities, the National Commission on Disabilities NCD), the BSC and BTT International, as partners. In a related development, a Liberian owned information technology company, Health Safety and Education (HSE), with the goal to teach local workforce in the prevention of workplace hazards and industrial accidents, has held a one-day acquaintance awareness forum with top-level officials at the Ministry of Labour in Monrovia.  The Head of HSE, Erickson Brown, addressing the forum, stressed the importance of workplace knowledge of the danger of machinery and the need for workers to be fully educated on their usage, so as to prevent industrial accidents that most times result to fatalities. Labour Minister Kruah then commended the management of HSE and promised to engage its technological training opportunities for staff and employees, particularly those assigned with the newly created Health and Safety Department.  

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