Union groups laud volunteer pilots, crew bringing home Filipinos from Hubei
from February 8, 2020 05:00 pm to February 8, 2020 05:00 pm
The Associated Labor Unions (ALU) on Friday commended the pilots and the cabin crew who accepted the difficult and dangerous job of bringing home overseas Filipino workers now in quarantined Hubei province in China amid the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak.
“We commend these pilots and cabin crew who will man the plane chartered by the Philippine government for accepting a very delicate mission to bring our modern heroes overseas workers home,” ALU National Executive Vice President Gerard Seno said in a statement.
“We admire their courage and dedication for accepting the job that we all know is quite dangerous for fear of possible exposure to a dangerous virus.”
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, meantime, called on the airline chartered by the Philippine government to provide its pilots and cabin crew with “14-day quarantine period” hazard pay upon completing their mission.
“We are asking the airline management to provide their cabin crew and their pilots a 14-day quarantine period hazard pay as they undergo the mandatory period after their journey from Hubei.
“Right now, these cabin crew and pilots didn’t have hazard pay compensation for the several trips they had and the mandatory quarantine period they had days ago,” TUCP president Raymond Mendoza said.
He added that medicine and hospitalization expenses during the quarantine period should be shouldered either by the government or the business owners.
According to Mendoza, hazard pay is a cash compensation to employees given on top of their basic salary for rendering duty work under extraordinary conditions and circumstances that may result in death, serious injuries, sickness and disease, and handicap or debility.
He said there is no existing government regulation, policy, or set of guidelines that compels or encourages employers and business owners to extend hazard pay compensation to cover the risk their employees undertake in working extraordinary and dangerous jobs such as the one they are about to do for OFWs in Hubei.
The government is set to repatriate Filipinos from Hubei via chartered flight over the weekened.