7 January 2016

Liberia: Rubber Plantations to Lay-Off Thousands

Barley two months after global steel giant Mittal Steel-Liberia lay-off over 450 employees within its employ due to drop in the price of iron ore on the world market, thousands of workers within the rubber sector would soon face similar fate due to the prolong drop in the price of the commodity on the global market.

In a statement issued Wednesday by the General Agriculture and Allied Workers Union of Liberia or GAAWUL, an umbrella organization of workers within the sector, the group said the drop in the price of rubber has taken a hard hit on Liberian Rubber plantations to the effect that their members at these plantations have not taken pay for five months.

GAAWUL named some of the Liberian owned rubber plantations as the Morris American Rubber Company in Todee District, Montserrado County, Cocopa Rubber Plantation, Nimba County, Provincial Farms, Margibi County among others.

"The condition has claim GAAWUL's attention due to the fact that employees in these entities have not been paid for more than five months, which has brought hardship on the employees of the Liberian local rubber farmers," the statement signed by 24 officials of GAAWUL said.

GAAWUL id worried that these plantations may soon be closed which may put thousands of Liberians out of jobs including closure of schools and hospitals run by these companies.

The agriculture workers ' union said it was appealing to the government of Liberia and the international community to financially intervene quickly so as to save the Liberian owned rubber plantations.


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