February 15, 2018 By Joseph S. Margai
Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Hadiru Kalokoh, has confirmed that arrangement regarding payment of benefits to four hundred and sixty-eight (468) ex-workers of Freetown Waste Management Company (FWMC) was now at the desk of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), and that they will surely be paid.
The 468 ex-workers of FWMC had on last Thursday ( 8th February, 2018) protested against the MLGRD for failing to pay their redundancy package and end of service benefit, since they were redundant in 2013.
The aggrieved workers, who were laid off after MASADA took over the cleaning of the municipality of Freetown from FWMC, had since not been given their November 2013 salaries and benefits.
The 468 workers converged at the Youyi Building premises in Freetown, demanding their benefits and vowed not to vote if their demands were not met before the March 7 general elections.
Head of the 468 ex-workers of FWMC, Maligie Koroma, had earlier told this medium that they have struggled for a very long time to get the attention of MLGRD, but to no avail.
He claimed that since they were redundant in 2013 by FWMC, they never received any package for the services they had rendered in cleaning the municipality of Freetown.
However, Deputy Minister of MLGRD said on Friday that payment of benefits to the 468 ex-workers of FWMC was imminent, albeit he could not tell the exact date.
“All relevant documents regarding their payment have been sent to MoFED and the minister will have to enhance payment,” he said.
“I cannot categorically tell you when they would be paid. They have been demanding their payments before the elections and had threatened not to vote if they are not paid. All I know is that they would be paid and the minister of MoFED will determine when they would be paid,” he noted.