The NEWS (Monrovia)

15 February 2013

Liberia: SIFCA Under Fire

Maryland County Senator John Ballout has requested the Liberian Senate to investigate the alleged bad labor practice at SIFCA which has resulted into protest at the plantation.

Senator Ballout informed the Senate Thursday that there is a need to investigate the long standing problems between the citizens on one hand, and SIFCA, CavalIa Rubber Corporation and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation on the other.

Senator Ballout explained that the plight of over 100 local farmers whose farms were allegedly destroyed by Maryland Oil Palm and Cavalla Rubber Corporation is yet to be addressed by the Government of Liberia.

He said the people of Pleebo Sodoken District have complained that the government has ignored their concerns relating to the land issues, bad labor practices and employment opportunities, among others.

He narrated that it was prudent for Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC) and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP) to create the environment that will attract investors as a means of bringing good investment to Liberia.

Senator Ballout said it was disappointing to know that despite workers of CRC complaining about bad labor practices at the company, nothing has been done by relevant authorities, precisely the Ministry of Labor to address such issue.

He indicated that concerns of the workers of CRC have fallen on deaf ears which have led to series of strike actions.

He said it was prudent for the government to launch an investigation into the allegation made by the people of Pleebo.

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