ArcelorMittal Begs Workers to Abandon Strike Action

first_imgArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 18 countries.The management of ArcelorMittal Liberia has appealed to its striking workers to end their action and return to work while their leadership engage in dialogue to find an amicable solution to their concerns of “bad labor practices.”In a press statement yesterday, the company admitted to being grossly affected by the ongoing strike action, which the employees instituted in the company’s load and haul department in direct opposition to the agreed position of their union representatives recently.The company though described the strike as illegal; the management said it is still willing to go into negotiations with the aggrieved employees and sort things out peacefully.“ArcelorMittal Liberia is committed to communicating openly with its employees. Unfortunately, in this instance, no warning of the strike was given, and due to the huge operational costs of a strike, we are urging our workers to go back to work while we continue discussions with them on the issues that are important, including wage levels, working hours, children’s education and health,” the company said in a statement yesterday.“In addition, the company is due to start negotiating a collective labor agreement in a month’s time so all these issues would be discussed in detail during that process,” the company’s statement said.The strike action became necessary when workers assigned at Mounts Gangra and Torkadeh accused the company’s management of neglecting its responsibilities and not engaging in fair labor practices.The demands of the aggrieved mine workers, particularly from the load and haul department, includes removal of the “Zero Week” in their work schedule; provisions of better housing and healthcare facilities and an increase day food stipends.The part of Area “O” where most of the striking ArcelorMittal Liberia workers live. The workers are demanding better housing facilities.“They are giving US$0.50 per day as lunch, but we will not receive the money in some cases, and for three months at a time.  If you are unfortunate to begin work from Wednesday, then you fall in the Zero Week, meaning the time that the employee worked for will not be marked,” said another worker.Working conditions, according to the employees, are not favorable, because there are no good housing facilities and no drugs for the workers at the hospital.ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 18 countries. The company recorded a revenue in 2017 of $68.7 billion crude steel production of 93.1 million metric tons, while iron ore production reached 57.4 million metric tons.In a related development, a retired worker of the former Liberian American Swedish Mining Company(LAMCO) has commended the workers of Arcellor Mittal for their decision to quietly stay away from work rather than engage in open confrontational protest action.Mr. Joseph Flomo, a retired driver, said the stay home action completely nullified the presence of armed Police who he said would have invariably resorted to strong arm tactics including the use of live ammunition to fire on workers. But the stay home action, he said, took all by surprise and is proving to be a more successful form of engagement with Management who now have no option but to engage the workers in dialogue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Norwich star Martin ready to play anywhere in bid for promotion

first_imgNorwich defender and captain Russell Martin has no problem playing in any position for manager Neil Adams and will happily sit on the bench for the good of the team.The Scotland international has watched his side drop to tenth in the Championship table after two consecutive defeats but he says it has nothing to do with where he plays on the pitch.“If the manager picks me at centre-back I play there and if he picks me at right-back I play there,” Martin told the Norwich website.“It will be the same if he picks me to sit on the bench at any point, I will sit there. I will play anywhere I’m asked. He picks the team on merit and picks a team to win the game on any given day.”“I feel comfortable playing in both positions in this league just as I did in the Premier League. I play at centre back internationally and have kept my place in the team for the last 18 months playing against some of the world’s best strikers and thoroughly enjoying it.“I have spoken before about having a preference and seeing CB as somewhere I will end up playing regularly as I feel it will prolong my career at this high level as the demands on a modern day full back get higher and higher.” 1 Russell Martin in action for Norwich last_img read more