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6 August 2008

Liberia: Rubber plantation workers sign collective bargaining agreement with Firestone

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28 July 2008

[DOC] Statement of Firestone Natural Rubber Company on SAMFU Document

Author: Firestone Natural Rubber Company

The recently released document by the Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) contains a host of inaccurate statements and unfounded allegations. This is disturbing since, in January 2008, Firestone provided SAMFU with a significant amount of information...

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18 July 2008

New Report Details Widespread Abuses on Firestone’s Rubber Plantation in Liberia

Author: International Labor Rights Forum, Institute for Policy Studies, Save My Future Foundation

A new report released today…titled “The Heavy Load: A Demand for Fundamental Changes at the Bridgestone/Firestone Rubber Plantation in Liberia”… exposes poor living and working conditions for rubber tappers, a meager pension system, barriers to...

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1 July 2008

[PDF] The Liberian Civil War (1989-2003)

Author: Firestone Natural Rubber Company

Since the end of the war, the Company has already invested almost $59 million in improving the conditions in Liberia and intends to invest tens of millions more. Almost 1,000 homes have been built r renovated, and approximately 4,000 additional homes...

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27 June 2008

AFL-CIO Solidarity Center Honors Liberian Rubber Workers [Liberia]

Author: AFL-CIO Now Blog

The AFL-CIO honored the rubber workers’ union, the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL), with its 2007 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award for courage, innovation and leadership... The 4,000 workers at Liberia’s largest...

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15 May 2008

News: Foreign Businesses, Organizations Support Disaster Relief

Author: Maria Trombly, Emerging China

Foreign businesses, organizations and embassies reacted quickly after the Monday earthquake with offers of aid and support. On Wednesday, General Electric announced a US$2 million donation...GE has mobilized local field support engineers to help with...

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6 May 2008

Firestone lawsuit (re Liberia)

In November 2005 a group of adults and children who live and work on the Firestone rubber plantation in Liberia filed a class action lawsuit in US federal court in California.  The plaintiffs made claims against Firestone (owned by Bridgestone...

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26 March 2008

House ratifies Firestone Agreement [Liberia]

Author: Wellington Geevon Smith, Star Radio Liberia

The House of Representatives has concurred with the senate in ratifying the amended Firestone [part of Bridgestone] agreement...[The] House passed the new Firestone deal with Montserrado benefiting for the first time in eighty-six years... A plead by...

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20 March 2008

UMC rights monitor raises issues in Firestone Agreement [Liberia]

Author: Wellington Geevon Smith, Star Radio Liberia

The Human Rights Monitor of the Methodist Church has identified four major issues within the new Firestone [part of Bridgestone] agreement to be considered by the Legislature. The group said the right given the Firestone PPD [Plant Protection...

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3 March 2008

Firestone Dons Human Face [Liberia]

Author: Analyst [Liberia]

Firestone Rubber Plantations Corporation (FPCO) [part of Bridgestone]...negotiated with NTGL [National Transitional Govt. of Liberia] an 86-year addendum to the 99-year concessionaire agreement [in 2005]... Many in the human rights community rejected...

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