COCOPA Workers Threaten Go-Slow Action

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Employees of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation in Nimba County have threatened a go-slow action in demand of salary arrears owed them by the management.
According to a Labor Sector Report presented at the COCOPA Rubber Unity Development Steering Committee Forum in Sanniquellie recently, the corporation has not paid the employees for the past four months. The report is being quoted by the Liberia News Agency (LINA).
At the forum, Nimba County Labor Coordinator Itoka Quoi, is quoted as saying that the situation at the plantation has claimed the attention of his office, describing it as a looming crisis between the management and employees.
Quoi stressed the need for the employees and management to reach a common ground to avoid confusion in the county’s labor sector.
At the same time, Nimba County Representative Larry P. Younquoi, in a recent interview with reporters attributed the delay in paying the employees to the lack of subsidy to the company.
The Lawmaker noted that the company was facing economic crisis, and promised to prevail on government to speedily intervene to prevent labor unrest in the area.
Meanwhile, the President of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation Workers’ Union, Sarpah B. Mahn, has disclosed that the company has also failed to provide the employees with rental, health liability and food supplies for over 19 months.
All efforts to get a representative of the COCOPA management to comment on the issue proved futile.
One of the senior staffers at the company Monrovia, on condition of anonymity, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the COCOPA situation would soon come to pass, since the management was seeking for financial assistance from foreign-based partners.

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