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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

‘We have no business with ex-Waste Management workers’

- Masada Project Manager

By Victoria Saffa

Project Manager at the Masada Sierra Leone Limited Company, Ami Dumbuya, has vehemently stated that their company has no business with the redundant workers of the Freetown Waste Management Company (FWMC).

She made this pronouncement yesterday following a two-day barricading of their Blackhall Road office by some redundant workers of FWMC, who were demanding for their benefits as well as trying to influence the staff of Masada – who were just recently offered employment – to join them in the protest.

Madam Dumbuya explained that after they took over responsibility for the cleaning of the city from FWMC last year, they entered into a 90-day contract with the company’s workers, but later decided to reduce the contract to just one month, after which the workers were paid and then laid off.

She explained that after the contract, they held a meeting with the workers where they informed them that all should apply fresh in writing. Some, she said, did while others did not, adding that 330 people that were ready to work were provided employment.

“Even those that we had already given employment letters have joined their colleagues to strike against us,” lamented Ms. Dumbuya “They have blocked the entrance to our office and put our properties at risk. We have got two days obstruction and we want the public to know that we are ready to clean the city, but the ex-Waste Management workers could not allow us to continue with our operations.”

She said the matter has been reported to the Ross Road police station, as well as other state actors for their intervention.

It could be recalled that over 450 workers were redundant by the FWMC without their benefits paid to them. The ex-workers have been calling on the Freetown Waste Management Company and the Freetown City Council to ensure their benefits are paid, together with one month backlog salary, but to no avail.

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