Cocopa Workers Demand Salary Arrears

The Cocopa Workers Union in the Cocopa Plantation in Nimba County is demanding the management of the company to pay their salary arrears with immediate effect.

For the past week, the Cocopa workers have been on go-slow in parts of the plantation demanding salary increment, free education, and health benefits.

Speaking to our correspondent in the county, the Workers Union President, Sackpa Mahn, said for the past few months, workers of the Company have not been paid and added that the health program at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital has been closed due to the failure of the Company to settle the medical bills at the hospital.

On behalf of the Workers Union, the president, Mahn, is demanding free Education, health benefit and housing allowance for workers living outside of the plantation, however, in a separate interview, the Executive Director of the Company who is also the Director General of the Forestry Development Authority, Harrison Karnwea said the owner of the Company NRI and the Government of Liberia are in court to settle agreement for the Company to be turned over to government to manage.

Executive Director Karnwea added that until the court’s decision is sealed, the responsibility of the Company will be to settle all arrears owed the workers. He further revealed that plans are underway to build a high school and other modern facilities at the Plantation and then urged the workers to exercise patience.