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

“One of the league’s best defenders” – Chelsea’s £3.5m player profiled

first_imgDid you know?1. Miazga joined the Red Bulls academy in 2009 and signed a homegrown player contract in 2013, aged 18.2. He made his MLS debut in September 2013 in the 76th minute against Houston Dynamo.3. He has played 38 senior league and play-off appearances in the US.4. Miazga doesn’t require a work permit as he holds a Polish passport; his parents are from the eastern European country and in 2012 he made an appearance for their Under-18 team, before opting to play for the US.5. He made his senior debut for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side last November in a World Cup qualifier against St Vincent and the Grenadines. Expert eye:Speaking to talkSPORT, retired American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, spoke admirably of the centre back: “[Mizaga’s] a very tall figure. He’s a centre half. He’s come on in the last 18 months incredibly well; he’s currently in with Jurgen Klinsmann’s team as we speak, and this kid’s got a great future ahead of him.”New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch said: “I think in many ways he has been one of the best defenders in the league this year and should be considered in that echelon. His starting points are very high – everything from his mentality, to his awareness, to his athleticism – which means his ceiling is very high.”Video evidence: Chelsea have signed defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls in a reported £3.5m transfer.But who is the 20-year-old? Is he an alternative to £50m-rated defender John Stones?talkSPORT has taken a closer look at the man nearing a move to Stamford Bridge.Name: Matthew MiazgaDate of birth: July 19, 1995 (age 20)Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey, United StatesPosition: DefenderHeight: 1.93m (6ft 4in)Club: New York Red BullsWhat’s the latest?In his press conference, manager Guus Hiddink revealed Miazga is now a Chelsea player.“He will be one of the squad members for the rest of the season, a young guy stepping up to the national team, and if you have young players you can see what they are capable of in training,” he explained. Miazga has also been monitored by Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City. The reported £3.5m transfer fee is on the low side given he had a year remaining on his current contract at the Red Bull Arena and turned down improved terms before the turn of the new year. New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga 3 3 3last_img read more