TUCP blasts employers who stopped their staff from evacuating their workplace in killer quake
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has criticized employers who prevented their staff from getting out of their workplaces during the deadly earthquake which struck Metro Manila and parts of Luzon Monday.
TUCP also chided employers who maintained a “business as usual” attitude by letting their employees continue working immediately after the quake without checking the integrity of their buildings and other structures.
“We received many reports from workers and employees last night about their bad ordeal with their managers, supervisors and employers who did not evacuate them out of the building and from those who were kept from going home and were ordered to return to work despite the dangers and hazards on the workplace caused by the quake,” TUCP President Raymond Mendoza said.
“This company practice or policy is a form of abuse and it must be condemned because it imperils the lives of their employees and jeopardizes the safety and health of workers,” he added.
Mendoza said it was the obligation of employers to inspect their workplace for possible hidden damages to prevent future catastrophes.
“It is possible that the damage may not be immediately obvious but it already impacted the integrity of the workplace structure and may cause irreparable damage upon aftershocks and future earthquakes. So it is important for employers to double check the work site for damages immediately after Monday’s event,” Mendoza said.
The group lauded employers and business enterprises that made sure their employees were safe and secure by utilizing in-house safety evacuation protocols following the commotion created by the quake. “We thank those employers whose top of mind were to safely secure their employees and take them out of harm’s way by way of bringing them to safer place before they were advised to go home,” Mendoza said.
He reminded workers that under the Republic Act 11058, otherwise known as “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof” that was signed into law in November 2018, workers now have the right to refuse to work if they know that the workplace is unsafe. (PNA)