By Bridgett Milton
Grand Kru County District #1 Rep. Nathaniel N. Bahway, wants full plenary of the House of Representatives to invite the General Manager of Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) to give reason why he should not be held responsible for alleged unfair treatment meted out against employees of the company.
In a communication addressed to the House, Rep. Bahway laments that the action of the company is in contradiction of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between communities and the GVL in Electoral District #1, Grand Kru.
According to him, the MOU sets a ratio of one employment for community residents to every six hectares of their land.
He explains that this means that any citizen, who is employed under such arrangement, and is not able to continue the work, he or she should be replaced by any other person recommended by the community.
But Rep. Bahway complains that GVL has disagreed to such replacement, ignoring the alleged MOU signed with the community.
Further, Rep. Bahway indicates that the company had agreed also to build and equip schools, construct housing units and employ teaching and support staffs to enable their children to go to school.
In spite of the locals’ appeals with the company on several occasions, Rep. Bahway narrates that GVL has allegedly refused to do what it had promised to do.
In relation to a case of the company’s alleged unfair treatment against its employees, Rep. Bahway recalls how GVL allegedly dismissed a truck driver transporting palm oil from Grand Kru to the company’s factory in Sinoe County without first informing the Liberia National Police to investigate the matter.
Additionally, he complains that the driver was dismissed by GVL without any compensation when the truck that was involved in the accident was not allegedly damaged.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has forwarded the communication to its Committee on Labor and Judiciary to report in two weeks.–Edited by Winston W. Parley