The United Nations (UN) through the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Officer-In-Charge, Mustapha Soumare, has asserted that “significant proposition of Liberian workers, especially those in the informal sector do not have access even to the minimum level of social protection.” His assertions were contained in a speech delivered on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, when he served as Key-note Speaker at program commemorating the official celebration of World Labor Day, at a local football stadium in Monrovia.
He stated that: “Social protection remains a non-fulfilled dream for many Liberians, adding: “Decent work can only be attained if women and men have access to safe working conditions, significant free time, adequate compensation and adequate health care.”
This year’s World Labor Day was globally celebrated under the Theme: “Building the future with decent work,” with the local theme: “Working together to make decent work a reality and must for Liberia.”
The UN official added that although some progress has been made in the area of social protection for workers in the country, there were still a significant number of Liberian workers who do not have access to social protection at their various places of work.
“To increase coverage of social protection in developing countries like Liberia, and to promote inclusive socio-economic development," the UNMIL boss maintained: “The United Nations Chief Executive Board for Coordination has agreed to the introduction of the social protection flow.”
He divulged that the UN’s social protection flow aims to develop and guarantee a country define minimum basic sets of social rights, services and facilities that every person should enjoy.”
He assured government, especially Labor Minister, Varbah Gayflor that the UN will work with the Liberian Minister of Labor to ensure that the social protection flow initiative is rolled out in Liberia.