Employees Embark On Go-Slow In Demand Of Decent Salary And Job Protection At Chico Construction Company

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Over three hundred workers of CHICO Construction Company in Kpaii District Gbarnga are on go- slow in demand of the establishment of Worker Union, attractive salaries and job protection respectively.

The aggrieved workers were seen with placards around the compound of the Chico construction Company along the Gbarnga, Palala high way in Bong County singing slogan “we want worker union, we want worker decent salary.”

Addressing reporters at the compound of Chico in Kpaii District on Monday January 28, 2019 the spokesperson of the unhappy employees, Mohammed Sheriff stated that their go-slow action is intended to draw the attention of the Ministry of Labor, the workers union of Liberia and the authority of Bong County to help established Workers union of Chico including increment in salaries and job protection.

The employees through their spokesman said the worker union when founded will serve as protection of workers of the Chinese company.
Mohammed Sheriff at the same time alleged that Ministry of Labor and members of Liberian Legislature are in the pocket of the foreign company operating the country.

The aggravated workers also used the medium to call on the Liberian government through the Ministry of Labor to address their concerns as laborers of that construction company operating in Bong county and other parts of the Country.

The CHICO Employees outlined several counts including low salary; work over time, salaries deducted without security identification cards, Worker union, the assaulting of some workers by officials of the Company amongst others.

When contacted by this paper, Bong County Labor Commissioner Sayblee Weyea told journalists that his office recently received a written communication from Chico employees about their concerns, maintaining that they are expected to host a planned meeting with the management of the company on this Wednesday, January 30 at his Gbarnga office.

He also urged the aggrieved workers to remain calm as the Ministry works out modalities to address the situation.
Commissioner Sayblee Weyea warned the aggrieved workers to go back to job or stand the risks of losing their jobs.

Meanwhile, when contacted one of CHICO Construction Company administrators who prefer not to be named on the ground that he was not mandated to speak said there are plans under way to address said issue in the county.

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