Michael Prince Thompson, a former employee of Advocacy Movement Network, (AMNet), alleged the organization did not pay his salary for four months in 2019, and claimed AMNet owes him Le67,532,000. He claims AMNet has not responded to his written pleas for settlement. Thompson said he has not worked since the start of 2019 because he was not being paid. He apologized for his absenteeism and said his employment relationship is anchored on four pillars (legal, social, and psychological). Thompson complained of discrimination; while others were being paid he went without. His calculations include:
> Annual leave/13th month – 2017- Le5 million
> Annual leave/13th month – 2018 – Le10 million
> Annual leave/13th month – 2019 – Le5 million
> USAID fringe benefit – 2018 – Le47,532, 000 (equivalent of $5,592 USD)
> Total – Le67,532,000
The Head of Human Resources at AMNet, Ethel Williams, said Thompson resigned from the organization in June 2019. Williams said Thompson has not returned AMNet’s assets including a motorbike, laptop, identity card and a pending report on activities. She added, Thompson will be paid following the return of assets. “Thompson was one of our senior staff and was part of top management. We will definitely pay him his benefit as soon as he returns the company’s assets,” she said. In 2014, Advocacy Movement Network (AMNet) started operations in Sierra Leone. In 2006, the Company was registered as a non-governmental organization working in three strategic areas: women empowerment, child protection, and youth development.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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