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14 Mar 2007

People and Power, Al Jazeera

[video] Firestone Liberia - Al Jazeera (Part 1 & Part 2) [scroll down]

...In today’s programme…we look at trouble for Firestone [part of Bridgestone] on Liberia’s rubber plantations…The company is accused of low wages and poor working conditions, charges to which Firestone contests…Firestone has become extremely sensitive to the issue of child labour, since a lawsuit was filed against it in 2005, which accuses it of slave-like conditions on the plantations…One of the things in the court case is that if a worker does not fulfill his quota, his…daily wage is halved. [Rufus Carmel of Firestone’s public affairs said]“…It’s a daily quota...within the collective bargaining agreement…that you must finish your task…”