A service note dated July 2, 2019 put in place the committee that is expected to elaborate on the modalities of the imminent cuts in allowances and emoluments.
The report of the said committee is expected to be ready on or before Tuesday, July 16, 2019, ten working days after it was set up.
Proposals for the reduction of workers' emoluments will top deliberations within the committee, especially owing to the fact that some production units have been shut down for repairs.
The missions of the committee, Cameroon-info.net learnt, are to: review all benefits and bonuses due staff; examine relevance and need; propose, where appropriate, the reduction of certain benefits
and bonuses; propose the effective dates of each measure selected as well as table a plan of action to management.
The service note signed by Simo Njonou provides that the Chairman of the Committee may, in case of need, engage the services of any internal persons whose expertise would be necessary for the accomplishment of the said mission.
Chetima Hamidou, SONARA's Director of Human Resources heads the said committee while Onanena Mepouli Renette is secretary.
Other members of the committee include: Motanga Gerald, Director of General Affairs; Dikoume Albert Leonard,Technical Adviser to the General Manager and interim Director of Finance and Accounting; Elo Manga Savio, interim Director of Quality, Hygiene, Security, Environment and Inspection; Chei Lysinge Albert, interim Director of Maintenance; Bikoi Bikoi, interim Director of Exploitation; Tagne Tebou Severin, Lembe Francis and Lifaka Mathias, staff representatives.
Days after the fire incident, the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, just like SONARA's General Manager, Jean-Paul Simo Njonou, gave assurances that workers' pay would not be trimmed.
But today's reality of an imminent reduction of workers' allowances, bonuses and advantages may well be the beginning of a long period of uncertainty.
In a press release dated June 26, 2019, Jean-Paul Simo Njonou also suspended SONARA's engagements towards job seekers of all forms.
"At the beginning of the year 2019, SONARA launched a job interview process for young Cameroonians, and took a commitment to offer holiday job and internship opportunities to deserving students from public and private institutions," Simo Njonou's press release read in part.
He says the initiative was part of SONARA's effort to support actions carried out by public authorities, particularly with regard to the promotion of academic excellence and the professional integration of young Cameroonians.
"As a result of the fire disaster which occurred in its production facilities on 31 May 2019, SONARA wishes to inform the national public, particularly job seekers mentioned above, students seeking holiday jobs and internships, University institutions and schools in Limbe, that these operations are suspended. SONARA counts on everyone's understanding," the press release read further.