This paper has been reliably informed that several employees of the Chinese-operated Lee Group of Enterprises in Salala, Bong County are expected to be laid off.
About 50 employees- all of whom are Liberians, are expected to be affected by the redundancy.
The Management of the Lee Group of Enterprises, which began operation in the rubber sector since 2009, is reported to be citing financial difficulties as the reason behind its planned action.
As a result of such financial constraints, according to a report from Margibi County, the Chinese Company has failed to make salaries of it employees regular, ensure medical benefits, as well as transportation, among others.
Though the Leadership of the company’s workers Union has described the planned redundancy by the company as a rumor, an official of the union who asked not to be named and some of the would-be affected employees, confirmed the report.
They also hinted that the Leadership of the General Agriculture Allied Workers Union of Liberia or GAAWUL has already done a written communication to the management of the company, expressing serious concern about its planned redundancy action.
The General Manager of the Lee Group of Enterprises, Mr. Kin Jun Chan, according to workers, continues to remain mute on the planned action- not even availing himself to reporters. Mr. Kim has allegedly rejected all attempts by reporters in the area authenticated the reported planned redundancy scheme.
The employees of the company are appealing to the authorities of Bong and Margibi Counties, as well as the Labor Ministry to intervene.
The Lee Group of Enterprises, which had in its employ 200 Liberian employees and 20 Chinese staff, has less than half of the number of Liberian employees.
During the dedication of the company’s facilitates by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Nyanforla in Salala District, Bong County in 2009, the management assured the Liberian Government that it would provide job opportunities for more than one-thousand Liberians- a promise it has refused to uphold since then.-Edited by George Barpeen