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NGO-Erwiderung

19 Apr 2020

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Partido Manggagawa

Labour group rejoinder calls on Sports City & its buyers to provide aid to 17,000 workers without jobs & pay during COVID-19 economic zone lockdown

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"Call to Sports City and its Customers to Provide Aid to Workers", 21 April 2020

Concerned workers of Sport City is calling on management and global brands to provide much needed aid to some 17,000 employees... suffering due to the no work, no pay scheme. Only a handful of workers are working as skeletal force...

Sport City factories... management gave 5 kilos of rice and a few pieces of canned goods. This was easily consumed in two or three days by workers and their families.

This is the only aid provided by the company. The other forms of so-called assistance are actually workers’ wages and benefit that are just advanced.

... [T]he Labor Department has closed its assistance for workers affected by the covid lockdown... [and] has repeatedly declared that its priority is small and medium enterprises, meaning those with less than 200 workers. It is almost a certainty that the 17,000 workers of Sports City will not be qualified. A new program, the Wage Subsidy for Small Business... has been opened but as is obvious from its name, Sports City workers will not be qualified as beneficiaries...

Sport City workers have survived only by taking out personal loans and severely restricting their consumption due to the lack of assistance...

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