GVL Rejects ‘Bad Labor’ Claims

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Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has issued a statement dismissing claims it is commiting bad labor practices at its plantation.

The company said is “is disappointed and greatly disturbed by the assertions of bad labor practices made by Representative Nathaniel M. Bahway of District #1 Grand Kru County on March 7, 2019.”

GVL in a statement said the complaint of Rep. Bahway to the House’s plenary lacks basic facts, and includes inadequate information to the detriment of GVL’s reputation.

As a responsible company, GVL said it operates in compliance with the Liberia laws and respects the rights of its employees and the local communities in which it is operating.

The company said it welcomes constructive criticisms and takes seriously allegations of inappropriate behavior or beaches of its policies labor law or the concession agreement. The company said it is determined to work constructively and collaborate with all stakeholders.

“This is evidenced by the cordial working relationships GVL has established with its workers union, the local communities and the county leaderships of Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties. This company is willing to resolve conflicts, labor grievances and to deliver job opportunities, infrastructure and livelihood benefits to communities in the southeastern region,” the company said in the statement.

The release quoted Darius Doe, GVL Communications Office in Grand Kru County as saying “Hon. Bahway has not raised the allegations he made within the House Plenary with GVL management, nor has such complaints been raised during recent visits to our plantations in Grand Kru by plenary,”

“It is alarming to GVL management that such allegations have not been brought directly to us, but rather aired in the House Plenary as if they are facts,” the company said.

GVL said Rep. Bahway’s compliant to the House Plenary erroneously asserted that pregnant women at GVL are applying and handling chemicals leading miscarriages, adding “the company rejects such an allegation pointing to the fact that not a single case of miscarriages has been reported to its health facilities in the county.

The company also categorically rejects claims of wrongful dismissal of employees pointing out all dismissals are carried out in line with GVL’s policies and the labor laws of Liberia, tasks for field workers are clearly defined in a collective bargaining agreement signed with its workers’ union and are not excessive as wrongly claimed by Rep. Bahway.