The Ministry of Labor has ordered the reopening of the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) rubber processing plant in Grand Bassa County.
The ministry’s decision follows the inspection of the company’s facilities by an independent team and technicians from the Ministry of Labor and the installation of modern security electrical and monitoring devices to enhance the safety of its workers. ‘factory. The Department of Labor is also pleased with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the family of the late Emmanuel Joe, who recently met his untimely and tragic death following a workplace accident at the company.
During a meeting with LAC management, the deceased family and the workers’ union, which was attended by the Ministries of Agriculture and Justice, Minister of Labor Cllr. Charles H. Gibson expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation shown by LAC management in giving the technical evaluation team the freedom from the Department of Labor and Nimba Rubber Incorporated (Cocopa) to complete their work without interference. He stressed, however, that the criminal investigation carried out by the LNP through the Ministry of Justice and the regulatory work of the Ministry of Labor are continuing.
Clr. Gibson praised the level of social dialogue held between management and the family of the deceased which resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two.
Minister Gibson has mandated the company to allow the deceased’s salary to run for the next three months to allow the widow to adjust and take care of some household activities.
A spokesperson for the family said a memorandum of understanding had been reached between them and LAC management.
He further disclosed that the society had fulfilled the conditions set for the burial of their relative. On the issue of housing construction as requested by the family, he said the company had provided US$20,000 and US$1,000 to transport the family who attended the burial ceremony of the late Emmanuel. He added that LAC had agreed to provide employment for three family members, including the widow, and sponsor the children to school.
Also speaking at the meeting, LAC management commended the government of Liberia for its interventions in amicably resolving the situation surrounding the death of the company’s late employee.
Management said that with the support of technicians from the Ministry of Labor and the independent inspection team, management had put in place several measures to prevent the accident from happening again.
In the meantime, Minister of Labor Charles H. Gibson has scheduled a follow-up with LAC management and the family of the deceased in continued dialogue on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
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