Firestone Presents Election Results
-After a Successful Workers Elections
The Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL), Ad-hoc Elections Commission has officially submitted its report to the Ministry of Labour.
The commission was constituted recently by a Special Presidential Committee comprised of the Ministries of Labour, Justice and Liberia National Police (LNP) working alongside with stakeholders to conduct a Union Workplace Representation Elections in Firestone, in an effort to resolve constant conflicts between the Management and workers of the company.The process that led to the holding of these successful elections started on the 28th of August through to 11th of September 2018 respectively.
The seven (7) members Ad-hoc Elections Commission presented its report on Friday, September 14, 2018 to officials of the Ministry of Labour in Monrovia.
Speaking on behalf of the Commission, the Secretary of the FAWUL-Ad-hoc Elections Commission, Mr. Joseph Pewee said the result of the elections which was held on 4th of September as mandated by the Civil Law Court produced 53 Workplace Representatives and eight (8) Coordinating Committee Members which was held amongst the 53 Workers Representatives on the 11th of September.
Receiving the report on behalf of Labour Minister, Hon. Moses Y. Kollie, Deputy Labour Minister for Planning, Atty. Phil T. Dixon praised the commissioners for working as unit and not as a faction from the start to the end of the process noting “I think this is how we should work as Liberians.I want to believe that the process was very peaceful, fair, and credible; given the fact that no compliant has been filed of foul play since the process ended.”
He said that the President of the Republic of Liberia, Amb. George M. Weah was concerned about situation at the Firestone Rubber Plantation Company as such constituted a special committee to mandate it and also held on separate occasions met with the management and representative of the workers as a means of finding a way forward.
Deputy Minister Dixon commended the collaboration among the Ministries of Labour, Justice and Information and other stakeholders for the successful conduct of these elections.
The Deputy Labour Minister reminded the workers of Firestone that campaign has ended, election held and everyone should go back to work as a unit.
Meanwhile, DMP Dixon has assured members of the Ad-hoc Commission that the date for the installation of the leadership will be arranged by MOL and stakeholders.
It can be record, that the Civil Law Court in August of this year mandated the Ministry of Labour to ensure conduct of a Union Workplace Representation Elections at the Firestone Rubber Plantation Company in Margibi County. Those elected are as follows: Mr. Abel F. Ngigie, Chairman, Levi Sayway, Co-Chairman, Jacvo B. F. Kerkular, Secretary General, Moses Saye, Assistant Secrtary General, Edwin Fallah, Grievance, Ben G. Henries, Treasurer, Mama Kolleh, Chaplain and Harries Kerkular as Advisor.