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As the Lee Group of Enterprises in Nyanforlah in Salala District, Bong County resumes operations; the management of the company has recalled 34 workers that were laid off during the redundancy in 2013.

Lee Group Enterprises which halted its operations in 2013 resumed work in 2016 recalling 34 of her workers out of the 59 that got affected as a result of the closure of the company.

Speaking recently in Salala, company`s workers union president Aaron Winnie said the entity has resumed work with several departments including garage and weighing bridge among others are functioning quite well.

He added that as part of its operations the company has started processing wet rubber. Winnie said company is carrying on a testing job because of the experience it had in the past where its money went in the field for the purpose of purchasing wet rubber, but the money was not returned, thus, forcing the company to go bankrupt.

He disclosed that as a result of this, the company in 2013 halted its operations and at the same time layoff 59 of its workers.

Winnie further indicated that with the help of the union an amendment was made to the collective bargaining agreement or CBA under regulation #8 which took into consideration the right of redundant workers to return to job.

He noted that in April 2016, the company had a contract and the union was notified by the management, adding that the union was given one week grace period to make an announcement aimed at getting their redundant workers back to job; a job he said ended in June 2016.

The Lee Group Workers Union president explained that in November 2016 the management of the company again made a pronouncement about a plan to open the production department after which a random selection of workers was done.

He narrated that 34 out of the 59 redundant workers who were recalled are currently working. Though the resumption of operations by the company is not in full, the redundant workers are said to be satisfied with the current status of the company as they have been out of job for months.

One of the recalled workers, Freeman Hawolo said the resumption of operations by has provided job for them. He stated that he and his colleagues were recalled on November 14, 2016 by the company based on the intervention of the workers union.

Hawolo, meanwhile, lauded the company and the union for the opportunity given them to serve the company and earn something to support their families.

By: Moses M. Tokpah

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