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Aggrieved Firestone workers called for swift mediation

Orlando Kolliemilling /Jos Garneo Cephas Sr.
workers of Firestone-Liberia collecting rubber liters.
workers of Firestone-Liberia collecting rubber liters.

HARBEL, LIBERIA - The Firestone Liberia planned retirement of over 800 employees is reportedly having a trigger down effect on farmers in Totota, Bong County.

According to our correspondent, Several Rubber Farmers from Totota and its environs were Tuesday, March 19, 2019 stranded at the company’s Buying Sub Station due to the absence of staff to purchase their produce.

Farmers from far and nearby were made to take their rubber produce home without any business transaction. At the same time, Some Firestone workers are calling on the Liberian government to convene a meeting with the company ahead of its redundancy plan of 800 workers.

Firestone Liberia set up the Buying Sub Station in Totota to help alleviate challenges faced by farmers in transporting their rubber to the company in Margibi County.

Some of the farmers told Wednesday, March 20, 2019 ELBC that the alleged failure to purchase their produce could be attributed to Firestone’s redundancy plan. But, our correspondent has not confirmed any independent account of the situation as investigation continues.

ELBC Correspondent said since the news broke, fear has gripped many of the workers with some expressing uncertainty about the survival of their families while others are joyful.


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