Salala Workers on Strike
Aggrieved workers of the Lee Group of Enterprises (LG) Inc., a Chinese rubber processing entity located in Nyanvorlah Town, Salala District, Lower Bong County have staged a “Go Slow” action in demand of what they referred to as “Confirmation Letter, Identification Card, better working environment, safety equipment, Etc.
During an interview a with team of reporters at the company’s site in Salala on Friday, October 22, the Chairman of the L.G. Workers Union, Aaron S. Wennie disclosed that for some times now series of problems have existed between the workers and management of the company.
Representatives from the Labor Ministry have been invited to be present in the discussions with management, but to no avail because the management has deliberately refused to live by the agreement.
Mr. Wennie said paramount among several issues agreed between them, were the issuance of letters of confirmation, Identification Card, safety equipment, Etc., but the management has failed to address those issues.
“How will we be working with such a big company and don’t know our status; no ID cards to identify you?” he asked sadly.
“Recently management issued a memo saying that no unauthorized person was allowed to ride their any of their vehicles; how can the driver know the difference between the authorized and unauthorized person?” Mr. Wennie asked rhetorically.
The LG Workers Union said that on many occasions, their leaders bargained with management without implementation on the part of the management.
This, he noted, was creating confidence crisis between the workers and their leadership. Mr. Wennie, who appealed to the workers to return to job, emphasized the need for the management to take into serious consideration their requests, including safety boots, suits, rain coats, etc.