DECEMBER 3, 2014 By Samuel J. Kargbo
Members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Labour and Social Security on Monday frowned at Socfin Agricultural Company for flouting the country’s labour laws.
According to Hon. Francis Amara Konuwa, information provided by Socfin officials to the committee was misleading and vowed to let the company, which operates in Sahn Malen chiefdom, Pujehun district, face punitive action for that as they seek the interest of the people.
The lawmaker demanded to know how many local workers are in the employ of the company, their salary scales and NASSIT contributions.
He also enquired into the number of foreign workers employed by the company and whether they have work permits, adding that should they fail to produce supporting documents on the next hearing, the committee would recommend stringent action against the company.
He also said committee members would visit the company’s operational area to verify labour conditions.
Responding to the committee, Human Resource Manager, Abu Amara, said they are working in conformity with terms and conditions of service embedded in the country’s labour laws.
He said they provide medical facility for their workers, while according to the agreement signed with the government, foreign workers can stay for 40 years.
He admitted that in 2012 no NASSIT contributions were paid for their staff, although the anomaly has now been rectified.