The uncertain fate of over 300 workers laid off recently by the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC), has claimed the attention of Mr. James Caine, chairman of the Concerned Citizens Union in Gibi District, upper Margibi County.
Mr. Caine has appealed to the SRC Management to cancel plans to cease operations, noting that this would gravely affect the lives of the over 300 residents, who the corporation recently laid off due to the low price of rubber on the world market.
“I am saying this because I am equally concerned about the education of the former employees’ children as their parents are now out of job; a situation that will create a serious setback for these children’s learning processes.”
The price of rubber has plummeted sharply on the local and international markets from US$3000 in 2008 to just below US$500 currently.
Mr. Caine has meanwhile commended SRC General Manager, Nicolas R. Bergerot for his numerous contributions to the employees’ welfare, Liberia News Agency (LNA) Margibi correspondent reports.
Mr. Caine observed that since the SRC was established in the late 50s, there has been no GM that has provided basic social services to residents of the concession area as compared to Bergerot.
Mr. Caine said, “Mr. Bergerot’s immense contributions to inhabitants of surrounding towns and villages are immeasurable and as such, he deserves commendation for his work.”
He noted further that since Mr. Bergerot took over SRC, almost all the measures that the workers’ union advocated for in the past have been implemented such as rehabilitating as well as constructing schools, roads, bridges and hand pumps for the benefit of the employees.
He said it would be unjust not to recognize Mr. Bergerot for his numerous and timely interventions made to improve the living conditions of the residents.