Nimene further warned the company operating both in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties to immediately disburse the payment of educational benefits for employee’s dependents as a fulfillment of a commitment made following a discussion between the company and relevant Government functionaries namely: the Ministry of Labor, the Internal Affairs Ministry and the National Legislative Caucus after three years of negotiations.
The President of AAIWUL, in a strong worded message to the company, indicated by giving GVL a 72- hour ultimatum to do the payment or else the workers will take the most appropriate action necessary of which they-AIWUL will not be held responsible for any damage.
At the same time, the President of AAIWUL has called on the Ministry of Labor not to use the money of Firestone Workers Referendum as indicated in their letter to Management to place FAWUL money into escrow-account, something he noted, will not be a good decision to take at this time.
AAIWUL, he claimed thinks the Government of Liberia(GoL) through the Ministry of Labor refusal to comprehend the letter written to the Minister of Labor, Moses Y. Kollie as an interference into the Union's matter.
In said regard Nimene has cautioned the GoL through the Ministry of Labor that any labor disturbance at Firestone as a result of said allege interference she (Government) will be held responsible.
The AAIWUL boss of late lauded Minister Kollie for his Ministry’s collaboration with the labor activities of the country which has so far brought about the reduction in strike, protest and labor related disturbances across the country.
However, with the latest situation at Firestone and GVL including AAIWUL, there are more questions than answers in order to address the plights of the general workforce especially those at the oil palm plantation company respectively.