By Alex Yomah
The Ministry of Labor is advising Firestone Liberia to transpose its intention to terminate the services of some 374 Liberians from the company on Liberia’s Independence Day.
According to Minister Moses Kollie, the government is already vigorously seeking employment opportunities for its citizens and therefore cannot welcome such huge number relieved from job.
The former Lofa County Representative is apparently pleading with the company stating that if there is a need for government to do tax waver or take other steps aimed at reverting Firestone’s plans, it will do so in order to overturn the redundancy plan.
Though government is seeking a win-win dialogue aim at reverting the company’s planned action, Minister Kollie was also clear that Firestone did not demonstrate any sufficient documentations that worth the redundant action.
He described Firestone’s action as a flagrant violation of Section 13.4(a) and 14.5(o) of the Labor Law of Liberia.
Meanwhile, Firestone-Liberia has informed government about its plan to lay off over 300 of its employees.
The disclosure was made on Wednesday during a briefing with media in Congo Town, when the Labor Minister said the Ministry received a letter from Firestone-Liberia expressing its intent to redundant Liberians.
But according to the letter to the Labor Ministry, the rubber giant company said its decision is propelled by the global economic hurdles.