Cavalla Rubber Plantation Management To Take Over MARCO?
Information reaching The Monrovia Times has revealed that there is a likelihood of the management of the Cavalla Rubber Plantation taking over the Morris American Rubber Company (MARCO) in District #1 Montserrado County.
The disclosure was made by the Superintendent of Montserrado County, Florence Brandy at the end of a meeting she held with aggrieved workers and the management of MARCO in Kakata Margibi County.
The Superintendent, the management of MARCO and spokespersons of the aggrieved workers recently met in Kakata to address the issue of the Company owing them (workers) benefits or salary arrears and complain from workers who were reportedly redundant without receiving payment.
Thereafter, she told newsmen that at first, the aggrieved workers made a suggestion on the way forward where some of them said they will prefer a management team from the workers along with MARCO working together to be able to pay some of the arrears they owe the workers, but when they met in meeting the workers said they do not trust MARCO.
According to her, the workers then informed her that they have information that the management of the Cavalla Rubber Plantation wants to take over MARCO. She quoted the workers as saying they will prefer Cavalla Rubber Plantation taking over the MARCO Plantation but she intoned that the farm will not be taken over 100% because as everyone knows MARCO is a Liberian private own entity.
She said in the meeting it was agreed that Cavalla management will be talked to by the management team of MARCO to join and pay the arrears it owes the workers. The Montserrado Superintendent expressed hope that they meet the management of Cavalla as early as Thursday, November 22, 2018 through a worker who is in contact with the Company management.
Superintendent Brandy, however, said the intervention of the Government is to make sure peace is maintained, their citizens are taken care of and that they are not overlooked.
Workers of the MARCO Plantation have on several occasions staged protest in demand of their salaries and other benefits and the latest protest was characterized by the blocking of the border between Margibi and Montserrado Counties by the angry employees.
The employees during their protest alleged that the Company owes them for months and years. Some revealed that they have been working since 2014, but the MARCO management has not paid them their just benefits.
This led to the intervention of some local Government officials from Margibi County followed by local officials of Montserrado including the County Superintendent.