Labor group urges private companies, employers to emulate ABS-CBN’s policy to continuously compensate all its workers during suspension of production
Labor group, Defend Jobs Philippines today lauded media giant, ABS-CBN Corporation over reports that it will continue to compensate all their workers and artists while productions of their program were currently suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak and “community quarantine” of Metro Manila.
The group commended the Kapamilya network over its policy to still provide salaries for their workforce despite having no work as part of their preventive measures to stop the spread of coronavirus amongst their artists, talents, workers, their families and their viewers.
They said that private companies and employers must emulate this measure of ABS-CBN to secure the income of their employees in this time of crisis. They also told employers to be more compassionate and show concern to their employees by not cutting off their wages for this month.
The group tells the Duterte government and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to draw inspiration and follow this move of ABS-CBN Corporation by mandating private firms, as well as government agencies to temporarily suspend the existing “no work, no pay” policies while Metro Manila is on lockdown.
“As many Metro Manila companies have been implementing various flexible work arrangements, suspension of operations and temporary plant shutdowns, suspending the no work no pay policy will ensure that regular and contractual workers will still receive their regular fixed pay and salaries during the 30-day community quarantine,” said Thadeus Ifurung, Defend Jobs Philippines spokesperson.
He added, “Aside from the assurance of their salaries, the suspension of the no work no pay policy will guarantee that workers can still support their families and will give take away fears of some workers to report to work for the sake of their health and safety concerns.”
Defend Jobs Philippines said that the government must ensure that all of our workers in the private and public sector must continue to receive salaries within the 30-day Metro Manila lockdown as they are in the frontlines and are considered to be one of the most vulnerable sector to be infected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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