Tim Newman, Campaigns Assistant, International Labor Rights Forum
Workers on Firestone's rubber plantation in Liberia have been on strike for over a week because of the management's refusal to recognize the union leaders who were chosen in the first free and fair elections to ever take place on the plantation.
The action has severely curtailed production on the plantation and workers have face abuse from police forces. Many workers, two union leaders and even students supporting the workers have been arrested. The picture to the left was taken of workers who are being held in detention without charges.
Listen to this interview with Comfort Willie, newly elected Treasurer General of the union and keep reading to learn more.
The situation on the plantation is very serious, but the workers remain determined to make their voice heard and ensure that the rightful representatives of workers are able to negotiate a new and just collective bargaining agreement with management. This is a crucial juncture in the campaign and your continued solidarity is extremely important. Please be on the lookout for new action opportunities in the coming weeks and continue to check the Stop Firestone website for updates.
Visit the Stop Firestone website and our union information page here. If you have not already, send an urgent e-mail to Firestone here. If you have sent your e-mail, please consider forwarding the action to five friends by clicking here.