Article from ROAPE Volume 6 Number 14
Labour in Liberia

Labour in Liberia
Vol.6 No.14 (Spring 1979), pp3-15
Describes the development of peripheral capitalism in Liberia, drawing out the totally dependent nature of its export economy dominated by internation corporations (USTC, PZ, CFAO, OAC, LAMCO), the deteriorating economic position of the workers and peasants, and the growing power of the different fractions of the ruling class. Traces the growth of the working class and its increasing militancy since 1961, the legislative response in the form of anti-strike laws, and the consequent worsening of the workers' conditions and standards of living. The collaborationist character of the trades union leadership (LCL, CIO, UWC) has led the rank and file workers to assume the responsibilities of leadership (SUSUKUU) and organise strikes, despite the collusion of union leaders with the police.