Civil Law Court Nullifies Labor Congress Elections

The Civil Law Court “B” in Monrovia has declared null and void the elections of March 30, 2022, which elected Mr. MonibaJohnson, President of the Civil Servant Association of Liberia (CSAL), as President of the Liberia Labor Congress (LLC).

His Honor, Judge Sheaplor R. Dunbar, Assigned Circuit Judge, Civil Law Court “B” has ordered the Minister of Labor, Cllr. Charles H. Gibson to constitute a credible body that will conduct the elections of the LLC within a period of 30 days.

In the six counts ruling issued by the Civil Law Court “B” on Friday, May 20, 2022, in the case involving Madam Theresa T. Viskinda and others versus Mr. Moniba Johnson and David Sackor, the Court said that its March 2020 ruling was not fully complied with by the Respondents.

It said the association of Public Civil Servants is not subject to the Decent Work Act (DWA) and as such, they cannot be members of the LLC, the umbrella organization of Labor Unions and Trade Unions in Liberia.

The Court has also ordered that the Elections Committee of the LLC is dissolved and is to be replaced by a neutral body that will conduct new elections of the LLC. It further noted that no organization or association that is not recognized by the Ministry of Labor as Labor Union or Trade Union should participate in the elections.

In the ruling, the Court made it clear that the Civil Servants Association of Liberia (CSAL) was an association of public civil servants that is not subject to the Decent Work Act. The Court ruled that CSAL is not a labor union or trade union within the contemplation of the Labor Law (Decent Work Act) and was therefore not eligible for membership with the LLC and was also not eligible to participate in the February 7, 2020, elections. The Court declared the February 7, 2020, elections null and void and ordered the Minister of Labor to set a team to conduct new LLC elections and submit a report to the court within two weeks.

However, the respondents excepted to the court ruling and announced an appeal to the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia. The appeal was granted but the respondents failed and neglected to perfect their appeal. The Movants have asked the Court to enforce its March 27, 2020, judgment since the respondents elected not to perfect the appeal.

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