Employers take note! Labor group lauds Rex Gatchalian for defending employee paid in centavo coins

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By Billy Begas

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) lauded Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian for acting on the reported abuse committed against factory worker Russel Manosa.

Gerard Seno, ALU-TUCP National Executive President said Gatchalian’s action to suspend the business permit of NexGreen Enterprises will “further encourage the faith of the workers in Valenzuela local government authority and earn their trust to the local governance process.”

Gatchalian took action after learning that NexGreen owned by Jasper Cheng So paid Manosa his P1,056 separation pay in five and 10-centavo coins.

“Mayor Gatchalian did the right thing in standing up for Russel and acted quickly in exercising his local chief executive prerogative on the alleged abuses committed by the employer,” Seno said. “We urge workers similarly situated to not just rant on abuses but also to file a complaint.”

At the course of investigation Gatchalian discovered that NexGreen committed several labor violations including underpayment of wage, non-payment of the mandated social protection insurance, non-payment of overtime and holiday pay, and found out the company operating without a mayor’s permit.

Gatchalian also ordered Nexgreen to pay Manosa his correct pay amounting to P55,614. Manosa had been employed in the company for five months.

“We are hoping that this incident would remind abusive employers in Valenzuela city and elsewhere in the country to take care of their workers by complying with the labor regulations and abide with the occupational safety and health standards faithfully,” Seno added.