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1 June 2020
Labor groups asks employers to empathize with returning workers amid pandemic
The Associated Labor Unions (ALU) said millions of workers are returning to work on Monday (June 1) with a heavy feeling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ALU spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said despite the threat of COVID-19, poverty-stricken workers are compelled to return to work deeply worried about their job security. The labor group appealed to employers to empathize with their employees. Coming off from more than ten weeks of traumatic lockdown ordeal with poor implementation of relief and cash assistance, and the insufficient health and safety guarantees in public transportation and spaces, we are asking employers to empathize with their employees that they too are making the biggest sacrifice of their lives hoping that in risking themselves to work today, they could keep their jobs,
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1 June 2020
Quarantine passes no longer required under GCQ, but curfew remains
MANILA, Philippines-Quarantine passes will no longer be required starting Monday when much of the country goes into a less restrictive general community quarantine,, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said in a statement on Sunday. He said, however, quarantine passes may still be required by local government units (LGUs) in areas identified as critical zones and buffer zones, where the risk of infection by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remains high.
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1 June 2020
DOLE slammed for allowing employers to cut workers wages under GCQ
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued several advisories and guidelines for businesses and employers to operate in the general community quarantine period but with serious implications to workers who are also struggling to cope and survive the pandemic health and economic crisis, according to workers group the Associated Labor Unions (ALU). The DOLE now allows employers to reduce without limit the wage and benefits of their employees and suspended all inspections and grievance mechanisms for workers particularly those in immediate danger of exposure to the risk of the disease while performing their jobs, said ALU spokesperson Alan Tanjusay. We have received reports that some employers have already dealing cuts in the existing wage rates and benefits package from as low as 6\\% to as high as 25\\% of their employees with or without unions effective last May 24 under the guise of COVID-19 financially difficulty. If these policies are not revoked, this trend will prevail and spread all over, creating a race to the bottom phenomena among the workforce at a time when business and labor should grow together, Tanjusay said.
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1 June 2020
Nakatenggang sasakyan ng gobyerno, muling iginiit na ipagamit para sa libreng-sakay
Muling nakiusap sa pamahalaan ang labor group na Associated Labor Union- Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) na ipagamit ang mga nakatenggang sasakyan nito sa mga manggagawa na nagsimula nang pumasok sa kanilang trabaho. Ayon kay TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay, malaking tulong sa mga manggagawa ang libreng sakay gamit ang mga govermment owned vehicle, para sa pag-usad muli ng mga negosyo at pagsigla ng ekonomiya ng bansa. Batay sa record ng Land Transportation Office (LTO), tinatayang nasa 2,000 na mga government vehicle ang hindi nagagamit ng ibat ibang ahensya ng gobyerno.
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1 June 2020
Workers in a fix amid virus threat
Millions of workers return to work today, June 1, after being on lockdown for more than two months, but the countrys largest labor group said they were worried about the lack of safeguards against COVID-19.Amid such concerns, the Palace reminded the public to strictly follow health protocols as Metro Manila and other regions shifted to a general community quarantine (GCQ) that allows most businesses to reopen. In a statement, the Associated Labor Unions (ALU) urged employers to comply with the safety and health guidelines in the workplace, and to provide employees with personal protective equipment and to orient them on new safety and health procedures. Th ALU also asked companies to be less strict in carrying out tardiness penalties given the limited mass transportation that will be available under a GCQ.
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