The Liberia Broadcasting System Workers’ Union (LIBSWU) is extolling Montserrado County Senator, George Manneh Weah, President–Elect of Liberia, following Tuesday, December 26, 2017 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 Liberia Broadcasting System Workers’ Union is also appealing to the Executive and Legislative Branches in the CDC- led Government to give the much needed attention to the Liberia Broadcasting System as the “National Broadcaster” to be more effective and efficient in the dissemination of information to the Liberian people.
LIBSWU at the same time mentioned that: “Currently employees at the National Broadcaster are the slightest paid in the Sub-region as compared to their professional colleagues. A situation that needs to be addressed”.
The Liberia Broadcasting System 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 firstly submitted to the 51stLegislature 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 comity 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 (LIBSWU) 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 signagreement 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.