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DOLE holds dialogue between Hanjin Subcontractors and workers

 

February 19, 2019- Director Zenaida Angara-Campita seats with the workers and subcontractors of Hanjin on issues arising from the possible closure of the Hanjin Heavy Industrie Inc.(HHIC).

 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Department of Labor and Employment, Region III headed by Director Zenaida Angara-Campita conducted a tripartite meeting with union officers of SAMAHAN (Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Hanjin Shipyard) and representatives of Hanjin Heavy Industries Inc.(HHIC-Phils.) subcontractors.

Led by the SAMAHAN president Efren Binluan, the discourse revolved on the issues raised by Hanjin workers regarding the alleged forced Voluntary Retrenchment Program (VRP) and the training bond to the 3696 workers of the shipyard.

In attendance representing the 16 subcontractors of the shipyard is Atty. Danilo De Guzman who stated that there was no forced voluntary retrenchment program, instead he stressed that it was just a stronger encouragement on their part.

Atty. De Guzman in his statement said that the VRP was offered in exchange of a separation pay of 1 month per year of service. The VRP was first implemented on February of 2018 where more than 10,000 workers availed. The second pay was in May of the same year were some 4,000 benefitted. To their account, there are only 110 workers of the 3696 employed as of January 2019 who have not yet availed of the VRP. The deadline was however extended from February 15, 2019 to February 22, 2019 as requested by Director Campita.

The HR representatives Eugene Delos Santos and Michael Chua meanwhile articulated that since the VRP was offered there was no single complaint received and furthered that they have a complete list of those who already signed for the VRP.

On another issue, Delos Santos also explained that the bond deducted from the monthly salary of the employees who were trained by the company compose of the materials, and other allowances given to workers during the training period. The 3% training bond is being refunded to the employee after 10 years but was shortened to 5 instead.

 “There is no assurance who will take over” said Atty. De Guzman. He said that nobody knows whether the company will still be a shipyard and that there is no commitment if these laid-off workers will get re hired, it all depends on the subsequent employers, “ No false hopes to workers” he added. 

Director Campita together with Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio assured however that would there be any possible take-over of the shipyard the Department is committed to assist to facilitate re-employment of affected workers.

 

/DOLERO3

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