By Leslie Ann Aquino
Workers group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said Isetann employees who were displaced following the closure order of the Manila City government should be given assistance.
In a statement, TUCP President Raymond Mendoza particularly cited the employees such as salesladies and rank-and-file who are covered by the ‘no-work, no-pay’ policy.
“Because Isetann management did not abide with the law, the employees lose their salaries and wages. In this case, employees suffer the consequences of the management’s violation,” he said.
While they support Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s bold resolve to address the city’s deeply-seated problems, Mendoza said: “We hope there’s a way forward to restore the jobs of Isetann employees or some kind of assistance for them while they have no income.”
TUCP also stressed that they respect the executive judgment prerogative of the Mayor to shut down the entire operations of Isetann department store over the management’s non-compliance with city ordinances.
The labor group then urged the Isetann management to immediately comply with requirements of the city ordinance in order to lift the closure ban and for workers to return to work.
“We urge the Isetann management to immediately comply with the licenses and permits required by the city government needed for the resumption of mall operations so that all the employees can return to work,” Mendoza said.
The Manila City government ordered the closure of Isetann Mall along Recto Avenue after it was discovered that it was violating city ordinances and misrepresenting applications for permits.
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