The individuals, employees of the subcontractors of Camp Lemonier, their families and concerned citizens of this nation, that have endorsed this open letter have done so because they are deeply concerned about rapidly deteriorating moral situation of the employees, this could endanger the security of our nations and foreign nationals.
As we all know there is a cultural sensitivity about keeping the tribal balance, in which the American military keeps the record, the Camp Lemonier employees staged a strike specifically about this issue when subcontractors change hands the employees don’t feel secure, for instance there are new subcontractors like La Lorraine security that specifically come up with a tricky contact for their employees when they took over with the following clauses;
1- all the employees are considered as new employees with the probationary period, in this case it is managed upside down who should be in the probationary period the new subcontractor or the employees that have been working in the camp for many years ?
2– Compulsory transfer to another site, which means systematic eliminations from the better paying job of the Camp Lemonier, Obviously the employees of such condition have valid reason to be nervous when they are working under this condition, thus they don’t have an ability to concentrate their work. Tribal favoritism kicks in which is already in full swing.
So far the employees that get fired and those who have replaced them is proof of tribalism in its worst form. All subcontractors including La Lorraine are always in rush to fire as many employees that they can get away before the three-month dead line according to their contract. There is no save guard mechanism or procedure that protects employee from the subcontractors. The subcontractors don’t last long but the employees are here for good. If the balance of the work force is altered dramatically, it could create animosity toward the authorities of various levels. Now while Djiboutian are eliminating each other the PAE defense contractors recruiting more Filipinos and other foreign national thus the US not segregating them the selves from the majority of native population but also creating tension between various ethnic communities and eventually between themselves and wider society of Djibouti If the trend continues this way
Lately the whole affair took a strange twist the Official Government Mediator known as a Beer Dilaac’shee and Mr. Omer Dankali (son of the president Liban is actual owner) the owner of an employment agency held a side meeting with all former employees of the La Lorraine security, the meeting took place in People’s Palace, after listing the complaint of poor employees both Omar Dankale and the Official Government Mediator told them that they will address the issue to the highest office of land to the president himself, it was instructed that the meeting should remain confidential and they will hear from the mediator soon the outcome, that was couple of months ago. Not only the promise was broken but also Omar Dankale himself placed a tender for the same contract to replace the ill-faded La Lorraine, shame on him if he wins that US military contract and not putting the all former employees back to work before the PAE replace to Filipino side contractors as the PAE US defense contractors normally do.
The basic right of La Lorraine former employees and their families are violated, they exhausted every legal avenue available to them, from the minister of Labor, arbitration board and finally the never-ending ongoing court case, It seems the contract of La Lorraine Security is up for renewal and they may not be able to pay them once they lost that US military contract in near future, the court may delay deliberately this case so that if the same court rules in favor of poor former employees of La Lorraine Security it will be too little too late, the court itself won’t be able to recoup any money simply they can declare bankruptcy and get away with it.
The core or the source of these problems, are the ways that contracts are awarded, without any consideration to the employees once the change hand occurs from various subcontractors, without checking properly their background, whether they have moral responsibility or have another motive than managing their employees professionally. The employees of the Camp Lemonier already staged a strike about this situation late last year and if the matter is not given a considerable attention that it deserves, it could spark tribal war that could get out of control, it could also easily endanger the stability of the country thus responsibility lay squarely on the respective authorities, this might become a self-fulfilling prophecy of US foreign policy Shame on YOU if the slaughter goes on unchecked, and follows the onslaught of Djib SAT staff, Port Security employees, RTD, and many more that were already ghettoized.