ArcelorMittal Provides Clarity to Some Former Independent Contractors

ArcelorMittal Liberia, a major concessionaire operating in the mining sector has issued a press release dated September 23, 2021 to provide clarify on matters which the Ministry of Labor recently ruled concerning dispute between the company and a group referred to itself as Aggrieved Former Contractors (“Aggrieved Contractors”), where the aggrieved party is making claims for entitlements going back in some cases more than ten (10) years

The company said it would like to clarifications on three critical points, among which are that in September 2020, the company settled a dispute with former redundant AML workers in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the workers and the Government of Liberia;  that an important part of that agreement, which was fully supported by the Government of Liberia, was that it explicitly excluded contractors, temporary and casual workers from having any legitimate claim and lastly despite the “Aggrieved Former Contractors” being unable to provide any evidence to support their claim of direct employment by AML for a period of 3.5 years that would entitle them to conversion to a permanent employee, AML agreed to make a contribution to an industry fund for the benefit of former contractors as a means of social support.

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