Liberian Parliament Probes China Union

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of China Union Investment in Bong Mines, Lee Zhi Xiang

The Plenary of the House of Representatives has mandated its Labor Committee to investigate some labor issues at China Union.

The decision was taken on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 as a result of complaint filed against the company’s management by Bong County District # 7 Representative, Corpu G. Barclay.

The mandate was given the committee after the appearance of Liberia’s Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo.

The committee was told by the Plenary of the House of Representatives to work within the time period of two weeks and report to it for decision to be taken.

The Bong County District # 7 lawmaker last week wrote the House of Representatives drawing its attention to what she called grave labor issues at the China Union situated in her district.

Representative Barclay in her communication told her colleagues that the affected workers of China Union in Fuamah District, Bong County complained the management of not paying their benefits.

She said some of the issues the workers complained of include  overtime payment, salaries and other benefits after they have been laid off by the company.

For his part, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo said during the time China Union agreement was approved, the price of iron ore on the world market was US$100.00 per ton, this according to him has dropped to US$50.00 or below.

He further justified that the market condition did not permit the China Union to work as was expected by the government, and also promised to work with the House of Representatives for the payment of the workers’ benefits.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.