Two organizations of the Chinese Town of WENZHOU, WENZHOU Evening News and Charity Association have collectively provided 200 bags of 25Kg rice and 40 gallons of vegetable oil for Ebola survivors in Bong Mines.Each beneficiary received 25kg rice and two gallons of vegetable oil.Tang Ling Ling, a spokesperson of the WENZHOU Evening News and Charity Association, extended condolences to people who lost their loved ones during the Ebola crisis and said the assorted food items are meant to identify with Liberians.Ebola is a dangerous disease and everyone in the world knows its consequences on any country in which it breaks out, she said.She told survivors and others that while they sympathized with families of the deceased they decided to also show practical concern to the survivors.As a result, she said they collected money for the items from the people of WENZHOU to identify with Liberians especially in China Union’s operating area in Bong Mines.China Union General Manager, Yuan Jun Luo, in a statement, recalled that Ebola broke out in March last year and began spreading in July up to August with the peak in September.He commended hospital workers, including those in Bong Mines, for assisting in getting Ebola under control in the country.“Fighting Ebola is not the only thing that we the Chinese have to do, but will also help Liberians to address the economic issues,” Mr. Yuan assured.He cautioned Liberians not to downplay preventive measures, but constantly practice them so as to avoid the recurrence of the disease.A representative of the recipients, Pewu Mulbah, commended the Chinese group for the gesture and urged them not to forget the inhabitants of Bong Mines as they are reportedly faced with severe hunger.According to Mulbah, they were unable to make their farms in Bong Mines area due to the Ebola crisis. He acknowledged China Union for not abandoning its operations during the crisis.He also recalled that China did more to assist them during the Ebola crisis, and as a result survivors decided to remain in Bong Mines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is set to increase its workforce to more than 4,000 Liberians by 2016, Mr. Stephen Binda, head of GVL’s local communications, told journalists yesterday at a local restaurant in Monrovia.“Presently we have employed 3,501 Liberians and that figure will increase to over 4,000 by 2016,” Binda said, and explained that GVL is set to complete a mill that will produce palm oil products in Tarjuowon, Sinoe County.Liberians who resided in the company’s areas of operation can rest assured that their interests are paramount to GVL, Binda said adding that the company wants to accelerate the economic progress of Liberians who are employed with GVL. He told several editors at the meeting that GVL has invested over US$1.5billion in its operations and therefore accurate information could lead to more investments in Liberia.Binda pointed out that since GVL began operations in Sinoe County, several developments, including the opening of a Total Gas Station and two local banks, have taken place in the county.“This has come about because GVL has created trust in the people and the over three thousand employees now have encouraged other essential businesses to operate in Sinoe,” he said. He appealed to the local media to work along with GVL to provide balanced information to the Liberian government, its employees, Liberians and its corporate partners. Binda said the success of GVL is basically linked with that of Liberia, “because when many thousands of Liberians are employed, they can have a better future for themselves and their families and Liberia will be better off.” He said GVL is committed to ensure the rights of all Liberian citizens in its areas of operation and will respect local, national, and ratified international laws and assured Liberians that the company will provide equal opportunities for all Liberian employees and workers, and embrace diversity regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation or union membership. Binda concluded that GVL will recognize communities who engage the company to develop their land and they will receive priority of initial opportunities in line with GVL’s internal Human Resource Policy. The meeting was attended by Mr. Virgil Magee, GVL’s head of Communications. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Workers attached to the Albion Sugar Factory on Thursday took to the streets to protest against the absence of a wage increase since the coalition Government took office.The workers were last given a wage increase in 2014 and as such, they are calling on the Government to deliver on its campaign promises.Stephen Indertatt, a representative of the Albion Estate fertilising gang, said during the coalition Government’s campaign programme, the nation was told that should they win the elections, sugar workers will benefit from a 20 per cent wage hike.He said although receiving nothing for the past three years, they are demanding aSugar workers at the Albion Sugar Estate on Thursday15 per cent wage hike for 2018.“Presently sugar workers are in dire need of increased wages. We need the Administration that is in power to intervene because they had promised us 20 per cent… They left us with zero.”Indertatt, who was part of Thursday’s protest action outside the Estate’s administration block, said Government has indicated its intention to increase the wages for other workers but has said nothing about them.He said Government is treating sugar workers like dogs, while they continue to give full support to the productive sector.Thursday’s strike attracted saw almost 100 per cent of harvesters and more than 75 per cent of factory workers.The strike also got support from the cultivation, mechanical tillage department and the field workshop. Workers from the central field workshop also took part in the strike on Thursday.“When [the Guyana Sugar Corporation] GuySuCo heard about this strike they were very upset. They say that we did it at Blairmont and that was okay but at Albion which a bigger estate that produces about 21,000 tonnes of sugar per week, we cannot afford to allow them to strike. So they invited us to a meeting on Wednesday,” the Union representative stated.He said the Union will attend the meeting. “We are hoping that they can come to the table with something to offer because these will do what it takes to ensure that they have something,” Tambron added.He explained that the workers have indicated to the union that they had enough and the union is finding it very difficult to hold them back from protesting.GuySuCo, he said, is setting the stage to show that the sugar industry is a failure as they did that at Rose Hall. The factory can grind but what they did is to allow the field to become overgrown.