Response by Pacific Plaza Towers Condominium
As the General Manager, I am writing on behalf of Pacific Plaza Towers Condominium Corporation (PPTCC) in response to the following issues: 1) Failure by the company to “absorb” contractual workers; 2) Increasing surveillance of workers, 3) Promising to extend certain benefits if the workers dissolve their union; and 4) The application for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the strike of the workers.
PPTCC categorically denies all of these allegations.
First, PPTCC did not fail to absorb the alleged “contractual workers” since, in the first place, it was not legally bound to absorb such workers. These workers are, in fact, employees of Polystar General Services, Inc. (Polystar), a manpower agency that is duly-licensed by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment. In fact, Polystar has acknowledged that these workers are its employees. Upon the end of PPTCC’s contract with Polystar, it (Polystar) sought to redeploy their employees who were, at that time, assigned to Pacific Plaza Towers (PPT) to other clients. None of these workers were terminated either by PPTCC or Polystar.
Second, while staff are monitored and evaluated in terms of their performance and compliance with company policies and are subject to usual security protocols, PPTCC does not conduct “surveillance” of its workers. The allegation that there is “increasing surveillance of workers” by PPTCC is an utter falsehood.
Third, no promises of new or additional benefits were made to induce workers to “dissolve their union.” PPTCC has nothing against employees who choose to form or be part of any labor union.
Fourth, PPTCC is not a party-litigant in the court injunction case against the individuals who have camped outside of the condominium. PPTCC understands, however, that it was filed by concerned residents in order to finally stop the said individuals from disrupting the peace and tranquility of Pacific Plaza Towers, which is home to hundreds of families. The right of these residents to bring the case should be respected. We must emphasize that PPT is not a place of business, it is home to many families who reasonably expect that their privacy, safety, security, and peace will be respected.
Lastly, PPTCC is a non-stock, non-profit organization. Our board members are all unit owners providing their own personal time and effort (pro bono) in helping to craft, draft, and implement condo corporation rules, regulations and policies, including ensuring a transparent, effective, and strategic management, operational, and technical set up.
All the relevant labor and related issues are now pending before the proper judicial and administrative tribunals, and it is our view that these matters should be resolved on their merits. PPTCC trusts that the tribunals will establish what is fair for all concerned and will make impartial decisions.
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