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Chinese company accused of bad labor practice

Louisiana Township Commissioner Solomon Myler has booked a Chinese sand mining company, JIUZHOU International Liberia, Inc. for bad labor practice. He called on the Ministry of Labor (MOL) to intensify inspection of sand and rock crushing companies operating in the Township in order to protect the right of Liberians in the employ of those entities.

Commissioner Myler said many labor inspectors have visited those companies, but nothing substantial is being done to compel them do the right thing. He said his call comes in the wake of report that some sand and rock crushing companies in the area are violating and abusing the rights of Liberians in their employ.

He specifically referenced a Chinese sand mining company that has Chinese nationals operating yellow machines and also serving as cashier. According to Commissioner Myler, he has recommended a trained and qualified Liberian from the Township to operate the yellow machine, but the company has alleged refused.

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The Commissioner said Louisiana Township is the only place where expatriates of the JIUZHOU International Liberia Inc. operates yellow machine to mine sand on the beach. The local government official maintained that the company has some Liberians, who have been working with the company for more than two years, but the management has refused to employ them.
His comments are contained in an official letter written to the Ministry of Labour.

Recently, dozens of citizens of central Virginia Riverside blocked trucks conveying sand from the area due to the refusal of a Chinese sand mining company to rehabilitate the route leading to the mining site.

By Emmanuel Mondaye

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