ETU Workers Protest over Benefits

first_imgWorkers of almost all of Liberia’s Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) have staged a major protest in Monrovia, demanding benefits owed them by the Government of Liberia.The workers, predominantly healthcare practitioners, gathered at the seat of the Liberian legislature early Thursday morning to inform lawmakers about their over four month’s unpaid benefits. According to their spokesperson, Alphonso Wieh, remuneration owed the workers include hazard benefits in the amount of US$5,000 each, as well as three months’ salary arrears.The protesting ETU workers included body baggers, maintenance workers and some members of the burial team from several ETUs run by the Liberian government and its partners in Monrovia.Some of them shouted, “During the heat of the Ebola, we took risk by bagging thirty to thirty-five bodies a day. Now that we survived the danger, why can’t we get our hazard benefits?”“We will continue to stage protests to call public attention until our government can address our plight. We worked along with other international colleagues in these various ETUs and all of them have (been paid) risks and other benefits.  What is wrong with ours that we can’t get payments and benefits,” Wieh said.Government has since termed the protest as a “surprise.” Responding to questions about the protest, Deputy Information Minister for Technical Services Robert Kpadeh said: “We find this as news to us and we will verify that information and properly address it. However, government remains committed to ensuring that workers at all levels are paid what is due them, regardless of status.”Meanwhile, the protest continued into some parts of Monrovia for hours, stalling normal vehicle and human traffic.Liberia is among three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola virus.  At one point, Liberia was the epi-center of the disease, losing nearly 5000 lives.  However, significant progress has been made by government, partners and the citizens in eradicating the virus from Liberia while affected Guinea and Sierra Leone are still struggling to contain the outbreak.Liberia has gone a little over 21 days without a new case and health experts believe with this path, the nation is gradually moving towards the 42-day mark stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be declared Ebola free.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hanif disappointed with Younis misconduct

first_imgKarachi, Apr 30 (PTI) Former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad has expressed disappointment at senior batsman Younis Khans misconduct in last weeks umpiring row in the Pakistan Cup national One-Day tournament. “I am feeling sad because Younis is my favorite batsman and not only is he a big player but a big person as well who always respects his elders. That is why his behavior came as a disappointment to me,” Hanif told the Express newspaper. Younis returned home midway through the Pakistan Cup national One-Day tournament as he was angry at several umpiring decisions in his teams (Khyber Pakhtunkhawa franchise) two matches. The 38-year-old was fined 50 per cent of his match fee and faced a ban of three to five matches for not attending the disciplinary hearing and withdrawing from the tournament. However, he was let off with a warning after the former skipper apologised for his actions. “Younis is a role model for youngsters and I think this action of his to leave the tournament would have left a negative impact on his fans and followers,” said Hanif. Hanif, regarded as one of Pakistans greatest batsmen, felt Youniss action was an emotional outburst. “In sports, notably in cricket, at times sportsmen tend to get emotional over some incidents and I think this is what happened with Younis. But I firmly believe that even if you dont agree with umpires decision you can complain through the proper channels later on but it is not acceptable to walk out of the tournament to lodge your protest,” he said. Hanif said he was glad that Younis had realised his mistake and shown responsibility by apologising for his actions. “I think what happened has happened and this chapter should be closed now and there should be no more negativity around it,” he said. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more