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Labor Ministry Summons Bridge International Again Over Bad Labor Claims

In Pic: Labor Min. Cllr. Charles Gibson, Bridge Owner, Shannon May and Education Minister Prof. D. Ansu Sonii

The Ministry of Labour has once again summoned the management of Bridge International Academies for bad labor practices reported at the company.

In a letter addressed to the management, Hon. Hannah Macaulay Karbo the institution to a conference at the Ministry, Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9am.

The engagement is predicated upon ‘Unfair Labor Practices’ filed by a former employee of the company.

The company has been requested to come along with their legal representation doing the briefing.

Public education was outsourced to Bridge International by former Education Minister George Werner under the Ellen Johnson’s administration.

Since then Bridge has continued to run and supervise several schools in the country raising millions in donor funding.

Several educational groups including the National Teachers Association of Liberia NTAL, Consortium of Education Defenders of Liberia (COEDEL), Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) amongst others have all requested the government to shutdown Bridge’s operations to no avail.

Recently Bridge illegally redundant seventeen employees under the direct mandate of its deposed Kenyan Country Director Griffin Asigo; despite Legislative request to reinstate the employees they have refused to do so.

A Labor Ministry inquiry also held them accountable for several illegal actions including paying a whopping fee of over eight thousand USD to another employee.

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