Workers at the Ben Garnet’s Farm Gibi Estate in Margibi County have gone on the rampage in demand of rice ration and salaries owed them by management.
The workers, most of whom are tappers, told this paper in the county they are being mal-handled by their employers. This paper gathered that the workers are paid for one month after working for four months on the farm, something, which they described as “four to one theory.”
The aggrieved employees alarmed few days prior to the July 26 Independence Celebration, expressing disappointment in the way the farm is being managed.
In an interview with our Margibi correspondent recently, the General Secretary of the Ben Garnet’s Farm Workers’ Union admitted that presently, workers on the farm do not receive food ration and pay on time.
He attributed delay in salary payment and provision of food ration to low price of rubber globally. He said though the farm does not have a clinic, but management purchase drugs and give them to nurses to treat the workers and sometimes refer them to the Salala Rubber Corporation clinic, adding that it is management’s responsibility to make sure its employees have good health status.
The secretary general called on the workers to keep courage and keep their fingers cross because the leadership of the union is engaging management to address demands of the workers in line with the Collective Bargaining Agreement or CBA signed with management.
When contacted, the Manager of Ben Garnet’s Farm, EmondDahiSackie, said he has not been authorized by the general manager of the farm to speak to the press concerning issues of the farm. By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi – Editing by Jonathan Browne