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30 Mar 2020

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Partido Manggagawa

Philippines: Thousands of special economic zone workers without assistance from employers or govt. says labour group

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"Thousands of workers without aid from employers, gov't", 30 March 2020

Thousands of workers still have not received assistance from either their employers [or] the government... according to labor group Partido Manggagawa (PM).

"The no work, no pay policy is a recipe for hunger. We call on employers to grant quarantine subsidy to their workers and for the government to mandate companies to provide such assistance,"... PM and other group[s] are calling for P10,000 quarantine subsidy for formal workers affected by the covid pandemic.

Based in the groups monitoring of several factories in the ecozones of Cavite, majority have received not a single centavo of support since firms shuttered. A few received some assistance from their employers. However, all of the workers surveyed have not received the P5,000 CAMP subsidy from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)...

A large car parts supplier in Cavite employing some 9,000 workers gave pro-rated 13th month pay to their workers... [T]hese companies in Mactan and Cavite applied for the CAMP from DOLE assistance but workers have not received the P5,000 subsidy...

"A survey of five factories in the Cavite ecozone revealed that all did not grant any assistance to their workers and also none have received any support from the DOLE. Four of these are garments factories while the last is a metal firm. In total, the five factories employs at least 2,000 workers. Eleven days into the lockdown, they all face increasing difficulties due to the lack of support."...

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