ArcelorMittal Liberia

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Why ArcelorMittal

After 20 years of civil war, the unemployment rate in Liberia is high. As one of the largest private-sector foreign investors in Liberia, we believe that the jobs we provide restore livelihood and stability to Liberian families; therefore we are committed to providing opportunities to local residents.

In 2011, we hired 134 Liberians into our company, with 133 of those positions being newly created. We increased our employee workforce from 386 in 2010 to 521 in 2011, and 651 in 2012. Approximately 90 to 95 percent of our employees are Liberian nationals.

ArcelorMittal promotes equal opportunity and is committed to making hiring decisions without preference for age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

We also have many contracted workers to carry out infrastructure construction, security services, and other projects. We currently employ around 1,600 contractors; more than 95 percent of them are Liberian citizens. During the entire construction phase of the project, more than 5,000 contractors were employed giving a significant boost to the employment rate.

ArcelorMittal committed to continuing this trajectory of providing employment opportunities for Liberian citizens, either through direct payroll positions or contract work. In this way, we are able to boost local economies while teaching valuable skill sets to local residents.

Employee relations

Positive employee relations are vital to the success of our business. Maintaining good relationships with our employees is an important part of ensuring our company’s continued success.

In recognition of this, ArcelorMittal Liberia aims to create a workplace that values employees, and we are guided by our employee relations policy. Our policy, together with our guidelines on best practices and training modules, ensures that our processes are implemented across the business in a consistent way.

We believe in open and continuous dialogue with our employees, both informally and through trade unions, and we cultivate partnerships based on trust and mutual respect.

We respect our employees’ rights to collective bargaining and in August, 2012, ArcelorMittal Liberia and the United Workers’ Union of Liberia signed the company’s first collective bargaining agreement (CBA), ensuring that workforce needs are met and that employees’ rights are upheld.

This marks a major milestone for ArcelorMittal Liberia, as completing CBA negotiations signify a step towards solidifying our union and employee relationship. ArcelorMittal Liberia management meets monthly with union representatives to address workplace-related issues and reach resolutions as necessary.

Employee grievances

It is important that our employees feel they can address workplace issues in a secure and productive manner. We have a formal grievance procedure in place, whereby employee grievances are heard through an independent chairperson, who then facilitates the resolution of the problem.

Employee development:

ArcelorMittal Liberia is implementing succession planning to create more opportunities and build capability of employees while preparing them for higher roles and responsibilities.

We believe our people are ArcelorMittal’s greatest asset and in recognition of this we have developed a comprehensive talent management strategy to help our employees grow professionally.