The Sime Darby Oil Palm Platation Liberia Inc. located in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties is expected to layoff 350 employees effectively August 10, 2019.
According to a letter in the possession of KMTV said, the decision taken by the company is due to economic hardship that have engulfed the country.
The Sime Darby mamagememt added that the layoff of those employees are due to the loses that the company is currently undergoing and circumstances beyond the institution’s control, adding that every business institution aim is to maximize profits, but currently business at the plantation is static.
Sime Darby managememt stated that their business is been strangulated at the plantation due to their low income and they cannot therefore maintain huge employees at their institution when they are going through lot of financial constraints and challenges.
The management disclosed that the redundancies of those employees are in line with Chapter 14, section 5 of the Decent Work Act, 2015 and Article 19 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the managememt of Sime Darby Plantation Liberia Inc.and the General Agriculture and Alled Worker’s Union of Liberia.
Sime Darby management has therefore begun distributing redundancy letters to those affected employees but gave them one month notice as of July 10, 2019 and they should report to the Human Resource Department for their severance benefits or compensation.
The severance benefits includes one month for each year of service, including transportation as stipulated in the collective bargaining agreement any unpaid accrued salaries or benefits.
Those affected employees are to turn in their working ID card and any company property in their possession and turn over the company house they are currently occupying if they were given any.
The management has also given the affected employees fifteen days from the operational date of notice to vacate the premises they are occupying and if anyone fail to comply, the company shall institute the appropriate action.