Philippines: Families of Kentex fire victims take legal action vs. owners, local gov't officials, & contractors; wins case for unpaid wages
74 workers were killed after a fire at Kentex Manufacturing footwear factory in Manila on 13 May 2015. Reports say workers were trapped after a welding triggered explosion. The factory had about 200 workers - 150 of them were in the factory at the time of the fire. Unions are accusing the company of exploitative labour standards and poor health & safety procedures. Kentex says it will provide compensations to survivors and victims’ families. A number of families of victims are taking legal actions against Kentex factory owners and the government department that issue a permit - while other families have settled the case.
In July 2019, the Supreme Court ordered CJC Manpower Services to pay Php 1.44 million in backwages to 57 workers. This is the contractor that deployed workers to Kentex.