COCOPA Workers Threaten Go-Slow Action


first_imgEmployees of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation in Nimba County have threatened a go-slow action in demand of salary arrears owed them by the management.According to a Labor Sector Report presented at the COCOPA Rubber Unity Development Steering Committee Forum in Sanniquellie recently, the corporation has not paid the employees for the past four months. The report is being quoted by the Liberia News Agency (LINA).At the forum, Nimba County Labor Coordinator Itoka Quoi, is quoted as saying that the situation at the plantation has claimed the attention of his office, describing it as a looming crisis between the management and employees.Quoi stressed the need for the employees and management to reach a common ground to avoid confusion in the county’s labor sector.At the same time, Nimba County Representative Larry P. Younquoi, in a recent interview with reporters attributed the delay in paying the employees to the lack of subsidy to the company.The Lawmaker noted that the company was facing economic crisis, and promised to prevail on government to speedily intervene to prevent labor unrest in the area.Meanwhile, the President of the COCOPA Rubber Plantation Workers’ Union, Sarpah B. Mahn, has disclosed that the company has also failed to provide the employees with rental, health liability and food supplies for over 19 months.All efforts to get a representative of the COCOPA management to comment on the issue proved futile.One of the senior staffers at the company Monrovia, on condition of anonymity, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the COCOPA situation would soon come to pass, since the management was seeking for financial assistance from foreign-based partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Seago Lines New Feeder in Maiden Call to St Petersburg


first_imgShort-sea and feeder operator Seago Line, a part of Maersk Group, has introduced a new vessels, the Vistula Maersk, to its North Europe feeder link between Rotterdam, Netherlands and St. Petersburg, Russia.The recently-delivered Vistula Maersk, which is the first in a series of vessels purpose-built to serve the North Sea and Baltic Sea, made a maiden call to Petrolesport and First Container Terminal (FCT) in St. Petersburg on April 20.In the Russian Baltics, where harsh winters and icy waters pose challenges for container shipping, ice-class vessels “bring a very important value proposition to the market.”Vistula will shortly be joined by its sister unit Volga Maersk and these vessels will together be the only two to operate on the North Europe Feeder Link 1 service.During the coming months, five other sisters, namely Vayenga Maersk, Venta Maersk, Vuoksi Maersk, Vilnia Maersk and the last one still to be announced, will join Vistula and Volga in enhancing a number of Seago Line services in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.Seago Line informed that the new ships are the world’s largest ice-class container vessels, designed specifically for operation in winter conditions and temperatures pof down to -25 degrees C. Apart from their stronger hull, they are characterised by high refrigerated cargo intake.Vistula Maersk and Volga Maersk will operate on Seago Line’s L16/L01 service, which calls Rotterdam’s APM Terminals 1, Delta Container Terminal and APM Terminals Maasvlakte 2, before calling Port of Ust-Luga and then Petrolesport and First Container Terminal in St. Petersburg.Image Courtesy: Seago Linelast_img read more