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Former Guthrie Workers Widows Call for Benefits
By David Pamas Seedee, Bomi County Correspondent

TUBMANBURG, Feb 25 (LINA) - The wives of former employees of the former Guthrie Plantation, now Sime Darby are calling on the government of Liberia through their legislators to pay their husbands' pension and long service benefits.

The wives of the former employees said because of the company's failure to pay the benefits of their husbands, they are finding it difficult to send their children to school, and to seek medication when they fall ill.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency in Gbar, Sime Darby on Tuesday, following a meeting with Sime Darby management, the heads of the women, Madam Fatu Dumbay and Ciayah Sesay said since the closure of Guthrie Company in 2007, the Government and Sime Darby Company are yet to pay the benefits of their former husbands.

The wives of the former employees said the administration refused to give them attention in the meeting each time they attempted to put the issue of their former husbands' benefits on the table for discussion.

They said their children and other family members of their former husbands are dying slowly due to lack of money to cater to their needs.

The wives of the former employees said some of them have six, seven or eight children and that they are unable to cater to them, and are, therefore, calling on the government to prevail on the company to pay their husbands’ pensions and other benefits.

The women threatened not to take part in the 2014 senatorial election in the county if the company and the government fail to pay their husbands' legitimate benefits. Over 102 former wives of the former employees are demanding their husbands' benefits.



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