Workers of the National Museum have gone on strike for not receiving salaries for eight months.
The workers yesterday sat around the closed building displaying their placards, some of which reads: we are demanding our eight months salary, no salary no work.
In just less than a year and half, the National Museum workers have gone on strike on two occasions; the first being a strike action for their one year pay.
Pa Alie Koroma who spoke to Awoko disclosed that they only asked their bosses for their salaries, which made them not to turn up for work.
He explained that whenever they complained about salaries they were told to wait as the Minister is yet to sign the cheque; and that this has continued for eight months.
He said that they made a delegation last week to the Minister of Tourism and Culture to explain their frustration to him and his response to them was that he would not tell them to either strike or not.
The workers blasted the authorities as heartless claiming that their welfare is not safeguarded. Another worker, Mohamed Tholley said he worked at night but lacked the gears to protect him as he is exposed to harmful things.
“Our conditions are deplorable and the salary is very small; but that besides, if it is given to us promptly every month, it will be well appreciated.
However this is not the case. Why should we wait for eight months without pay, how do they expect us to live and take care of our families” he asked.
He stressed that one of his children is to attempt the BECE exams, but he has still not bought books for her and that those in other classes are being asked to pay their school charges in full.
“How do they expect us to pay the school fees” he again asked.
The workers promised to continue making their demands and to abstain from work until their demands are met. By Ishmael Bayoh