Aggrieved employees, mostly tappers of the Liberian Agriculture Company (LAC), have for the past three days, embarked on go-slow action in demands of what they call “their just entitlements”.
The employees halted normal work at Liberia’s second-largest rubber plantation company, accusing the leadership of the workers union of failing to negotiate with the management in order to ensure their just benefits are given.
“Sometimes when we go for leave, the company can’t give our rice or pay us, what they can do is to give us some money around US$144 and later deduct it from our salaries at once.” Annie Yeah, An Aggrieved Employee of LAC
Leave allowance and increased wages are the two main issues the workers union is negotiating with the management to form part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
But negotiations, which started since July 2019, have stalled due to the company’s management resistance to proposals from the workers union.
The delay has angered tappers, who are frequently expressing dismay over their wages and living condition.
Alloycious Kollie, President of the Union, told Bridge Radio Africa via cellphone on Thursday evening that the CBA negotiation has been ongoing since July of 2019 and there have been several delays. He blamed some of the delays on the management of the company, saying that two senior officials traveled in the middle of the negotiation while there has also been stalemate over the two important issues.
Kollie added that the negotiation process with the management is a “give and take” process but the workers have been impatient due to the delays.
However, he disclosed that his leadership on Thursday began engaging aggrieved workers so that they can return to work as negotiation resumes with the management.