The workforce of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) says it is overwhelmed and delighted by the renewed level of cooperation and support from the management of the Corporation in meeting their daily needs despite the drop in the price of rubber globally.
“We are pleased with the management for its support to our wellbeing, making sure that our children are schooled and medically cared for. Our salaries and other benefits are always on time despite the unbearable challenges being faced by the company globally,” Arthur Jallah, vice principal for administration of the SRC School System said as he explained the relationship between the Company and its workforce of over 1000.
Nearly all of the employees including their dependants, a statement said praised the SRC management for its contributions to the growth of the Liberian economy, especially catering to its workforce as required by the Liberian Labor Laws.
Employees’ incentives including healthcare, education for their children, better working conditions and the provision of social services were in full swing, as many of the employees who the statement quoted could not withhold their praises for the management.
“Due to the commitment on the part of the management to meeting our needs as required by the Liberian Labor Law, the issue of employees’ aggression against their employer is not being noticed here and the cordial relationship between the Workers’ Union is indeed perfect and cordial,” a member of the Union’s Grievance Committee said.
According to the statement, the company has finished new infrastructural developments including the construction of local housing units, bridges, roads, and hand pumps strategically located in each of the housing units were visible, prompting praise from a member of the workers’ union.
“The sale of rubber per ton on the world market was previously US$2,500, but this amount has dropped to US$400. Despite all of these challenges, the management of the SRC is still resolute in meeting the needs of its employees, and their salaries and benefits are still intact,” Mr. Jallah Mensah, Human Resources and Administrative Manager said.
Mr. Mensah noted further that despite the reduction in the price of rubber on the world market, raw materials for the processing of the rubber before being exported still remained high.
He used the occasion to appeal to the Liberian Government to address the plight of foreign companies that are helping to boost the country’s economic growth to be given what he called “consideration for tax exemption” for those major investors that are helping to boost the Liberian economy.
Mr. Mensah said if tax exemption is provided to major companies in Liberia, especially those providing job opportunities to Liberians, it will help to encourage more foreign investors who have over the years made sacrifices to maintain their investments, despite all odds including the just ended deadly Ebola virus.
He disclosed that with the folding up of several foreign owned companies during the Ebola epidemic, SRC remained steadfast in its operations by providing huge incentives to hundreds of its workforce who also used their benefits and salaries to upkeep their dependants.