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10 Feb 2006

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UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Rubber plantation workers strike over conditions, pay, child labour [Liberia]

Angry workers have downed tools at Liberia's largest rubber plantation, owned by Bridgestone/Firestone [part of Bridgestone], saying that wages are so low that children as young as seven years old are being forced to help their parents meet production quotas. [According to] International Labour Rights Fund (ILRF) [which has] filed a lawsuit in the United States against Bridgestone/Firestone...Bridgestone/Firestone has issued a directive that child labour would no longer be permitted on the plantation.

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