Read the post in English here. By DEE AYROSO
Tags: occupational health and safety
The pandemic only compounded the already dismal status of occupational health and safety in the country. Workers are either thrusted into work-from-home setups, forced to risk exposure to Covid-19 in their traditional workplaces, or retrenched altogether.
The stories of the injured and the remaining workers, told from varied perspectives in the burning building as they searched for the precious way out, weave a tragic workplace incident that to this day is still crying out for further investigation.
“The lack of concrete measures from the labor department to address and prevent workplace tragedies is appalling.”
“The country’s justice system and the government make it very clear that they consider workers’ lives very cheap. Justice for the victims and survivors is being denied and lessons from the tragedy remain unheeded.”
MANILA — Workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno gathered at Plaza Sta. Cruz in Manila this morning to mark with protest the sixth month of the Kentex factory fire, which killed more than 74 mostly women workers. They said justice is being delayed and denied to the fire victims and survivors. The…