An Earnest Appeal to Sen. Dick Gordon and other residents of Pacific Plaza Towers

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Last July 6, Friday, Pacific Plaza Homeowners’ Association President and Building Manager retrenched seventeen (17) workers who were wrongly categorized as contractuals. These workers have been performing the same jobs performed by regular workers— building maintenance, plumbing, air condition technicians, and safekeeping, for more than six months, the legal requirement for employees to be deemed regular.

The retrenchment was a clear retaliation to the employees rights to security of tenure and their right to be accorded the wages and benefits received by regular employees as stipulated by the Labor Code.

Article 280 of the Labor Code states that,

“… an employment shall be deemed to be regular where the employee has been engaged to perform activities which are usually necessary or desirable in the usual business or trade of the employer…”

Their other grievances include the non-remittance of SSS, Pag-ibig, and Philhealth contributions despite being deducted from their semi-monthly pay; delayed salaries and undisclosed deductions by Polystar; failure to meet Occupational Health and Safety Standards; failure to fully apply the P21/day wage increase issued by the Regional Wage Board on October 2017; and many others.

These 17 retrenched workers comprise half of the reason why residents are ensured of living in a conducive, safe, and structurally secure condominium worthy of its prestige. They are also half of the reason why residents can perform at such a high level of efficiency despite of the heavy demands of their field of work.

We strongly urge you to overturn the decision of management and compel the management to comply by labor standards and bring the retrenched workers back to their jobs. This is not only for their livelihood, but also for the convenience of the entire Pacific Plaza community.

Social justice dictates that the workers deserve to get their fair share of the generous amounts you pay for association dues.