Over 300 workers will be laid off as a result of termination of a major contract at Sierra Rutile /ILUKA, reports reaching Salone Times has revealed.
This means that some 300 Sierra Leoneans will add to the already massive number of jobless people in the country, thereby losing their livelihoods.
It was learnt that the contract with Transcend, who are contracted to provide Sierra Rutile with Heavy Mineral Concentrate is said to hang in the balance after the new management decides to abruptly terminate the contract.
As a result of this, four paramount chiefs in Sierra Rutile’s operational areas have written to the company to reverse their decision to avoid unrest in the company and the community at large.
“…therefore we crave on your indulgence to extend the contract until proper arrangements are done wherein we will be involved since we are dealing with the community and we do not want any unrest,” the chief stated in their letter.
The four paramount chiefs are PC John Jibao Russell- Nyuma II of Lower Bambara Chiefdom, PC Hawa Gbanabom of Impere, PC AlhajiBadara Sheriff of Jong Chiefdom, PC Tommy MualeleJombla of Upper Banta Chiefdom and PC Alhaji Robert S. Papapwe of Bagruwa Chiefdom.
It could be recalled that employees and contractors were worried about losing their jobs when news of ILUKA takeover broke late last year, this is because ILUKA is renowned for closing mines and cut down workers in Australia and USA.
In another development the new management of Sierra Rutile Limited has been accused of racism. Efforts to get the management of Sierra Rutile Limited to comment on the story did not yield any fruits as they decline commenting on it.