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About 148 employees of the Salala Rubber Corporation in Gibi District Margibi County risk losing their job, Salala Agricultural Workers Union (SAWU), Anthony Opah Moses, disclosed at the weekend. 

Moses said the SRC management has decided to permanently layoff about 148 of its employees, citing the harsh economic conditions caused by the sharp drop in the price of rubber on the world market as reasons.

Already, the SRC management has written the Workers Union about its plan to lay off the workers due to the current economy situation faced by the rubber industry, which it is not of exception.

“The SRC management informed the Union that the economy situation is becoming worst by the day due to the unfavorable price of rubber on the world market,” Moses told a local radio station in Weala.

The layoff plan if executed, he said, would be a big blow to those who will be affected, adding “it is difficult to counter-react to the management’s decision because the situation is a global crisis which is not only unique to the SRC Company.”

Moses promised that they as workers union will observe process so that would-be affected employees get “their just benefit in line with the union collective bargain agreement (CBA) and the labor law of Liberia.”

“The union leadership is negotiating with management to reduce the 148 expected job losers by at least 50%.” “The union is also trying to identify those that are approaching their retirement age, poor working attitude and employees wishing to be voluntarily dismissed and recommend them to management for the exercise.”
Moses said he was deeply worried about the economic situation, as many of the locals depend on the company indirectly for survival, although they are not employed.

By Moses M. Tokpah

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