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SRC employees face hardship

Employees and contractors of the Salala Rubber Corporation or SRC in Margibi County live in deplorable condition with the shacks currently being used as dwelling place falling apart.

The plantation, which is located in Gibi Dstrict, has five camps, four of them in deplorable condition.

 Camp Three, which is the largest among the five, is covered with dilapidated huts that workers live in without doors, windows, water and electricity.

Some of the contractors there told this paper they have been in the employ of SRC for about five years without medical benefit from management.

One contractor said he has been on the job for the past five years but SRC does not want to employ him.

 “We don’t have pump here; we have to go all the way to the creek to fetch water to cook and drink and the place is far from the town. For the past five years now. I have been a contractor but any time we ask the company, they will tell us to wait and up to now we are still during contractor in order to sustain our family here.”

Another contractor noted that they used one per of boot  for the past one year, adding that from where they live to the plantation is about three hours, but noted that any time they were late for work, ,management will send them back  home and deduct their salary.

But when the Company was contacted, Human Resource Manager, Jallah Mensah, said the Human Resource Manager of the Company said the Company is not responsible for contractors.

Mr. Mensah said the company only hired a head contractor that it communicates with directly. 

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