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COCOPA Workers Threaten Go-Slow Action
By Wellington Patrick, LINA
SANNIQUELLIE, July 28 (LINA) - Employees of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation in Nimba County have threatened a go-slow action in demand of salary arrears owed them by the company.
According to a Labor Sector Report presented at the COCOPA Rubber Unity Development Steering Committee Forum in Sanniquellie recently, the corporation has not paid the employees for the past four months.
Speaking at the forum, Nimba County Labor Coordinator Itoka Quoi said the situation has claimed the attention of his office, describing it as a looming crisis between the management and employees.
Quoi stressed the need for the employees and management to reach a common ground in order to avoid confusion in the county’s labor sector.
At the same time, Nimba County Representative Larry Younquoi in a recent interview with local reporters attributed the delay in paying the employees to the lack of government subsidy to the company.
Younquoi noted that the company was facing economic crisis, and promised to prevail on government to speedily intervene to prevent labor unrest in the area.
Meanwhile, the President of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation Workers Union, Sarpah B. Mahn, has disclosed that the company has also failed to provide the employees with rental, health liability and food supplies for over 19 months.
All efforts to get a representative of the COCOPA management to comment on the issue proved futile.