‘Hire Or Fire All,’ Liberian Workers Tell ArcelorMittal
By Johnson Bobby Liway, LINA Grand Bassa County Correspondent
BUCHANAN, April 2 (LINA) - Over 1,275 workers under the ArcelorMittal Workers Union have agreed in principle for the company to redundant all of them and not just the targeted 244.
According to them, if government cannot intervene to stop the company’s plan to lay off 244 of its employees, then the company should be ready to redundant all its Liberian workforce.
The employee’s resolution was agreed upon during a mass meeting held in the facilities of the company in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County recently.
The workers said it is time for government to seek the welfare of its citizen and see reason to cut some taxes paid by ArcelorMittal at this crisis time when the price of iron ore has dropped substantially on the world market.
They opined that this could save the jobs of these employees which will enable them to keep bread on their tables and reduce crime rate in the county.
They promised that no worker will receive letter of redundancy from management during the exercise and also vowed never to vandalize properties of the company during these exercises so there should be no cause to panic.
The Secretary General of the Workers Union, Amos Morweh, told the Liberia News Agency after the workers meeting “this is the mandate given us by the workers we represent, so we have to carry it out in their interest and it is time for national government to play its part well to save jobs”.
He explained that since March, the Union, management and government have had several meetings in Monrovia concerning the redundancy of 244 employees and up to date no understanding has been reached.
“How can you give out letters when we have not concluded on the redundancy package to be delivered, among other things?” he asked.