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Prez. Sirleaf extols Firestone, FAWUL for CBA

By Joseph Sayon
A Firestone  worker  on the plantation
A Firestone worker on the plantation

( Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has described the Firestone Agriculture Workers Union of Liberia, FAWUL’S third Concession Bargaining Agreement (CBA) document as a pace setter.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said the agreement would seek to reduce labor related tension across Liberia.

She wants the document be used by other entities as a good example for improving the welfare of their staff.

The Liberian Leader made the statement Wedne
sday, June 26, 2013 at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia when she received the document containing the Collective Bargaining Agreement from FAWUL’S leadership.

The President also observed that such negotiation would enhance the independence of labor unions and put in place measures to protect workers.

She, however, called for constructive efforts to ensure straight compliance.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “One of the challenges being faced by Liberians is their inability to enforce policies intended to move the country forward.”

The Liberian President then lauded FAWUL and the Management of Firestone-Liberia for the initiative.

Making the presentation to the President, the FAWUL leadership described the document as a milestone towards industrial harmony across the country.

In line with the CBA which runs from 2013 – 2015, tappers will now earn US$7.00 per day, representing an increment of 16.28 %.

At the same time, the 150 pounds of latex initially carried on the shoulders of tappers for 125 years, will now be transported on tractors, trucks among others.

FAWUL Secretary General, Edwin Cisco, lauded the Liberian Chief Executive for the opportunity provided by the leadership for workers to constructively engage managements on the welfare of laborers in the industrial sectors of Liberia. 

The presentation of the CBA document, according to our Executive Mansion Correspondent, took place at the Foreign Ministry Wednesday, June 26, 2013 during a formal ceremony.

Meanwhile, Messrs. Austin Natee and Edwin Cisco, President and Secretary General of FAWUL respectively, are also commending the Management of Firestone for their commitment toward labor dignity at the plantation.


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