SEN. HONTIVEROS WANTS GOV’T TO ACT ON RETRENCHMENT OF 500 WORKERS IN DOLE PHILIPPINES
In her letter of the Labor Department, Senator Risa Hontiveros said the government should look into the mass etrenchment of nearly 500 regular workers of canned pineapple producer and exporter Dole Philippines Inc. (Dolefil) earlier this year.
The senator informed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the company did not suffer from imminent losses in previous years to legally justify the layoffs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The senator pointed out that the Annual Audited Financial Statement of Dolefil was contrary to the claim of the company that its finances are in a mire when it issued the notification for termination of its employees in September.
She also questioned why such notice was filed on September 18, three days after the actual termination of the workers.
Hontiveros believes that the mass layoff of workers was done in “bad faith” as it appears that those who have regular employment status had been terminated first instead of the contractuals.