An ongoing go slow action at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation in Nimba County has reportedly left the plantation vulnerable to residents who are allegedly tapping the trees overnight for their personal benefit.
The farm is managed by the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI).
The Workers Union President Sarkpah Mahn told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the entire plantation including the security department has stopped work in demand for their five months’ salary arrears owed them by management.
“At present, all sectors at the plantation are closed, while the employees say they are waiting to hear from the government relative to their pay,” Mr. Mahn said.
Even though there have been no reports of any damage to any of the company facilities, the security condition remains a concern to the residents owing to the mounting tension, an observer said.
The Operations Manager, Benjamin Saye, said on March 2, that the management was working in collaboration with the local district authority to see to it that the Community Watch Forum takes over the security of the plantation until the situation is resolved.
The recent saga began when the government took the plantation from its previous owner, LIBCO, through the court for “bad labor practice” in 2013.
Since that time, the workers have complained of delays in receiving their wages and their monthly rice supply.
Cocopa has a little over 1000 workers with 400 tappers.
The management has blamed the situation on the plantation to the decline in the price of rubber on the world market.