Staff of the Sierra Leone Postal Service commonly known as “Post Office” yesterday demonstrated and locked the entrance of the building as they demanded a change of management and board members.
Speaking to a staff member at the scene, she said some workers had not received salaries for nine months while others had gone for seven to eight months without salaries “so how do they expect us to live?”
What is worse is that, “we are not secure because our NASSIT dues are not paid by the management even if we have to leave work now we will not get benefit from NASSIT,” the worker said.
Some workers have been retired and in their letters it was stated that they should come back for their benefits after six months.
The angry staff revealed that, “the Post Office is the most deplorable among other government parastatals as there are no toilet facilities, and since the management has failed to pay electricity bills, NPA has stopped supplying electricity”.
Another worker stated that, “as Sierra Leoneans cried for a change of government so are Post Office workers for a change of management. Since this management took over ten years ago they have not called general meetings.” It was revealed by the irate workers that after the sale of the Parcel Post building to NASSIT for over 1 billion Leones no increment was made to staff salaries as it was expected. “But after the payment of the taxes Le 434 million was given to NCP and we don’t know where the remaining money went and the management did not account for it,” he noted. The workers demanded that, “the management and board members should go before the end of the week as board members are paid without them doing any work.”