NBC Gregory Coleman also called
Members of the House of Representatives have summoned the management of Sime Darby to receive their “ultimatum” on tackling the entity’s unfair labor practice saga and the improvement of its corporate and social responsibility.
On Tuesday, May 8, during its 26th day sitting, the House consistently summoned David Parker, the manager of Sime Darby, to appear on Thursday, May 10, in the House’s Chambers at 11:00 a.m.
Gregory Coleman, Director General of the National Bureau of Concession (NBC), has also been summoned and will receive instruction from the House to effect their decision.
Other members of the management of Sime Darby who are also to appear include Sequavan Guventen, Head of Sales/Marketing, Ali Kamal, Head of Operations and Duoda V. Meteger, Head of Human Resources.
Attorney Ebenizar Z. Gibson of the Dean and Associates Law Offices is also expected to appear.
According to the report, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper, the Special Committee made a 16-point recommendation, including installation of water and latrine facilities on campuses of schools at the plantation, camp sites and other places; replacement of the asbestos roofing sheets and the employment of Liberians into senior managerial positions.
Other counts are the commiseration of salaries, equipment of laboratories, library and erection of annex; that all contractors who have worked or served the company for more than two years be employed and that no contractor should serve more than two years without being employed.
The report also suggests that those seen in the video torturing a Liberian citizen must be identified and prosecuted; that Mr. Ali Kamar be replaced with a Liberian citizen.
The decision followed a report from the House’s Special Committee to investigate the “tortured video,” which went viral on social media as well as reports of alleged bad labor practices.
The chairman of the House’s Special Legislative Investigative Committee is Representative Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh and Representaive Rustonlyne Dennis, co-chairperson, while the members include Representatives Johnson Gwiakolo, Matthew Zayzay, Beyan Howard, Moima Briggs-Mensah, Edwin M. Snowe and Mambu Sonii.
The recommendations of the Special Committee is based on a one-day on-site observation on Friday, April 27, at the Sime Darby Plantation.
Today’s session is intended to mandate the House’s Plenary to compel the management of Sime Darby to uphold the Special Committee’s recommendations.
It may be recalled that the management of Sime Darby appeared twice recently before members of that august body, to give account on a case involving torture allegations and of which the management was held in contempt because it had provided conflicting information. However, Sime Darby’s management later apologized.
Mr. Parker formally apologized to the House for providing fake testimonies on the case, but said Sime Darby doesn’t condone mistreatment of any Liberian or human being.
The apology from the management prompted the House to set up a Special Committee to probe the case.