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Tension Brewing At Cocopa Plantation

By. Solomon T. Gaye Sr
Reports from the Cocopa Rubber Plantation in Nimba County say workers of the plantation over the weekend barricaded the main Saclepea Highway in demand of salary arrears.

The aggrieved workers alleged that the management has done nothing to settle the workers’ 15 month-salary arrears coupled with other corporate responsibilities.

Speaking to this paper at the plantations, the chief security disclosed that 45 security officers assigned at the plantations have not been paid for15 months, thereby creating serious hardship among the officers to cater to their families.

The Workers Union president, Saye T. Baawo, disclosed that workers blocked the main Saclepea Highway calling the government’s attention to their plight in demand of their unreasonable salary arrears owed them by the management.

According to Baawo, classroom teachers at the plantations are currently on go-slow action in demand of said arrears owed them.

Since the beginning of 2022, reports of go-slow actions, road blocks on the main Saclepea highway, for salary coupled with salary arrears have been the order of the day and a common practice at that government’s plantations in Nimba County.

Cocopa Rubber Plantations cater to over thousands of rubber tappers with over seven hundred school going children now out of school because of the indefinite go-slow action at the plantations.

In Flompa Town over the weekend, the LNP boasted that it is because of their intervention that Cocopa workers removed the road blocks leading to the plantation and the Saclepea Highway.

During a normal routine at the plantations over the weekend, the company’s central office hosting the plantations manager was completely deserted for fear of being attacked by the aggrieved workers.

When this paper contacted the company’s HR Gondah Nenwah and the Superintendent for Education, Alfred Gaye at the plantation, he refused to comment up to press time.

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