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Aggrieved Cocopa Workers Get 6-Month Salary Arrears
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Aggrieved Cocopa Workers Get 6-Month Salary Arrears
By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correspondent

GANTA, April 5 (LINA) - Cocopa was a scene of joy and laughter Monday when aggrieved workers were seen signing for six months salary arrears the management owed them following series of protests.

Aggrieved workers of the Cocopa Rubber Plantation recently launched series of protests over the failure of the tentative management of the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI) to settle its financial obligation to workers of the plantation.

The plantation was owned and managed by LibCo but was later turned over to the NRI to temporarily manage after government won a lawsuit against the LibCo management for its failure to better the lives of workers after operating the farm for several years.

Before government's intervention through the management of NRI to settle arrears owed workers at the plantation, there were series of violent protests, with the latest leaving two policemen seriously wounded.

However, speaking to the Liberia News Agency via mobile phone from the plantation on Tuesday, the Workers Union president Sakpah Mahn said total calm has returned to the plantation with people carrying out their normal activities.

Asked whether the company would still maintain the workers after the payment, Mahn pointed out that the company may not be able to maintain all of the present workers due to the drop in the price of rubber on the world market.

He was, however, optimistic that the company may absorb a sizeable number of the present workers to maintain the plantation.

On whether the school and clinic at the plantation have been reopened, Mahn said that would be done after the payment of the workers.

LINA SKZ/TSS/PTK

 

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