Civil Servants Begin Two-Day “Go Slow” Action
Posted June 1, 2004
Despite repeated appeal from the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) to the Civil Servants Association of Liberia to abandon its “stay home” action, the latter is calling on its members to observe the planned action for two days beginning today.
According to reports monitored yesterday on a local radio station, the Civil Servants Association of Liberia said its determined action is against the backdrop of what it called government’s insensitivity to address the appalling plights of its hard working employees.
CSAL said the failure of the NTGL to hire a competent auditing firm to begin the audit of government’s payroll so that it can commence the payment of the 18 months salaries owed, questions the government’s professed sincerity and commitment to improving their welfare and well-being.
The CSAL said it hopes that the NTGL will be deeply touched and moved by its two days stay home action to put into place the necessary mechanism needed to begin the immediate payment of the 18 months salary arrears and other benefits due them.
NTGL Chairman Gyude Bryant, in his address to the nation a forth-night ago, called on civil servants to exercise restraint as government is committed to their well-being, and was further doing everything to begin the payment of their arrears by July, 2004 following the completion of a comprehensive audit of government’s payroll; writes Charles Crawford.