In 2014, the Record Agency Boss reduced the allowances of these disenchanted employees in contravention of CSA policy which states that allowances, once approved, become part of the employee’s remuneration and should not be reduced except for cause. Cause, according to the CSA policy, can be the commission of some infraction.
Following investigation into complaint filed by the aggrieved workers of the Record Agency by the Civil Service Agency’s Examining Committee, the CSA, in a communication dated February 6, 2014, requested the DG Sayeh to restitute the amount in full as was originally approved. The CNDRA boss has since refused to pay the employees their money.
“If you wish to add other employees to the allowance list but lack the funds to do so, you could apply for funds for allowance equalization instead of arbitrarily reducing the allowances of classified civil servants,” the CSA noted in a communication.
Due to the refusal of DG Sayeh to adhere to the CSA’s ruling, the employees, in a press release issued over the weekend, said the decision of the Record Agency boss to ignore the CSA’s final ruling is irritating and they would spare no chance but to take legal action.
In 2013, some employees of the Center staged a protest in front of the National Archive building in Sinkor calling for the immediate removal of the Director Sayeh for allegedly reducing their allowances without justifiable reason.
The protest was called off when the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the aggrieved employees to channel their problems through the CSA for redress.
According to the spokesperson of the affected employees, Ebenezer Brobor, since August 2013 the concerned employees have exercised maximum restraint for the sake of peace and harmony at the CNDRA, but director Sayeh has taken their peaceful action as a sign weakness, thus failing to comply with the Government decision.
When contacted, CNDRA Public Affairs Director George William acknowledged the August 2013 protests and said the issue was being addressed, but he is surprised that the head of the concerned group, Mr. Ebenezer Borbor, would threaten to take legal action against the Director General.
Mr. William said his boss could not comment further as the issue is before the President of Liberia.