By Emmanuel Kollie (Intern)
The Chair of the House’s Statutory Committee on Investment and Concessions, Rep. Tibelrosa Tarponweh has instructed the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to invite the Senior Management Team of Firestone Liberia to a Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Capitol Building.
The committee’s meeting, which will also be attended by the Legislative caucus of Margibi County, was prompted by the anticipated decision of Firestone Liberia to reduce her Labor Force by Three Hundred-Seventy Four (374) Employees from the Estates Department effective July 26, 2020.
In a release issued today, Rep.q Tarponweh is quoted as saying, “it is unfortunate to see Firestone lay-off some of their employees in the face of the rampaging COVID-19 global Pandemic which is negatively impacting the national economy.”
Rep. Tarponweh further said that it is not in the best interest of the Firestone Management to abruptly announce a redundancy scheme without consulting the relevant government agencies or authorities, including the legislature.
Expressing his frustration over the nanagement’s decision, Rep. Tarponweh said “reducing cost to protect the long term viability of the company cannot be done at an undue expense of our people.”
The committee through its chair is however encouraging all parties (Firestone Liberia and its Employees) to remain calm as the committee is exerting all efforts to engage relevant authorities so as to respect and preserve the rights of all.