MONROVIA: The leadership of the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) is calling on the University’s authorities to pay part-time faculty for the recent semester that has just elapsed. ULFA says the association has seen the wanton disregard of the provisions of the contractual agreements the UL signed with part-time faculty members leading to the abuse of the self-esteem of their part-time colleagues.
“Despite promising to pay our colleagues in late December 2023 or early January 2024 along with full-time employees, our colleagues have not been paid for the entirety of the semester,” the UL faculty Association recalled in a press release yesterday.
The ULFA leadership, in the release, says it is bewildered by the inhumane treatments accorded to our Part-Time colleagues. “Faculty Association of the University of Liberia which made the statement notes that it has regrettably exhausted every means within the reins of the UL to see the need to pay our colleagues without any clear answer from the UL Administration,” the ULFA release said.
The release reiterated that the University of Liberia has successfully concluded the first semester of the 2022/2023 academic year which began on July 31, 2023, pointed out that as part of the teaching faculty, Part-Time faculty signed four months contracts for the duration of the semester with the first payment of two months supposedly to be made after the midterm exams.
However, the ULFA release issued on January 4, 2024 and signed by the association’s Secretariat indicates, “… we have seen the wanton disregard of the provisions of the contractual agreements signed by the UL Administration leading to the abuse of the self-esteem of our colleagues.”
The University of Liberia Faculty Association pointed out that despite promising to pay their part-time colleagues in late December 2023 or early January 2024 along with full-time employees, “our colleagues have not been paid for the entirety of the semester.”
The leadership of ULFA therefore sees this action as a total disregard for the welfare of their part-time faculty colleagues thus subjecting them and their families to untold harsh economic conditions. “ULFA also believes that the actions of the UL Administration undermine the quality of teaching and learning,” the release said.
Accordingly, ULFA advances that while we are committed to the diplomatic resolution of issues at the UL, the Association will not cease to take extreme measures to protect the welfare of their part-time faculty colleagues.
“In view of this, the leadership of ULFA calls on the UL Administration to commence the full payments of all Part-Time colleagues to avoid unspecified union actions beginning Monday,” the ULFA release concluded.