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Gov’t Reopens LAC Rubber Processing Factory

Ministry of Labour has ordered the reopening of the rubber processing factory at the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) in Grand Bassa County.
The Ministry decision follow the inspection of the company facilities by an independent team and technicians of the Ministry of Labour and the I installation on modern safety electrical and monitoring devices to strengthen the safety of its factory workers.
The Ministry of Labor is also please for the signing of a memorandum of Understanding between the family of the late Emmanuel Joe who recently met his untimely and tragic death as a result of an industrial accident at the company.
During a meeting with the Management of LAC , the deceased family and workers union , in which the Ministries of Agriculture and Justice participated ,Labour Minister Charles H. Gibson expressed satisfaction over the level of cooperation shown by the management of LAC in giving the technical assessment team a free from Labor Ministry and from the Nimba Rubber Incorporated ( Cocopa) to carry out their work without interference. He however stressed that the criminal investigation by the LNP through the Ministry of Justice and the regulatory work of Labor Ministry continue
Cllr. Gibson hailed the level of social dialogues held between the management and the family of the deceased which resulted to signing of a MOU between the two.
Minister Gibson mandated the company to allow the salary of the deceased to run for the next three months to allow the widow adjust herself and take care of some home activities.
A spokesman for the family said a MOU has been concluded between they and the management of LAC.
He disclosed further that the company has met with condition set for the burial of their relative. On the issue of the building of housing units as demanded by the family, he said that the company provided US$20,000 and US$1,000 to transport family that attended burial ceremony of the late Emmanuel.
He added that LAC had agreed to provide employment for three family members including widow and to sponsor the children in school.
Also speaking during the meeting, the management of LAC lauded the Government of Liberia for its interventions in amicably resolving the situation surrounding the death of the company’s late employee.
The Management said that with the support of technicians from the Ministry of Labour and the independent inspection team, the management had put in place several measures to prevent reoccurrence of the industrial accident.
Meanwhile, the Labour Minister has schedule a follow-up with the LAC Management and family of decease in continuation of the dialogue on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

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