Japanese contractor faces labor raps
Three construction workers at the New Iloilo Airport Development Project (NIADP) in Cabatuan, Iloilo have filed labor cases against their Japanese employers Hiroshi Iwata and Siichi Takata, manager and assistant manager, respectively, of Field Services Corp. a subcontractor of Taisei Shimizu Joint Venture (TSJV).
The complainants are Nathaniel Gaa, a mechanic, Jose Leo Bancaya, Head Maintenance/Heavy Equipment Mechanic, and Elmer Bancaya, driver/operator/purchaser.
The three through their lawyer Atty. Joshua Alim filed cases for illegal dismissal, underpayment of wages and salaries, non-payment of service incentive leave pay, and non-payment of 13th month pay against said Japanese nationals at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) in Iloilo City.
Said cases are docketed as SRAB Case Nos. 06-07-50222-06, 06-07-50223-06 and 06-07-50251-06.
The three workers were employed starting September 9, 2004 and were dismissed for unknown reasons in March 2006.
Based on the record, Field Services Corp. employs more than 300 construction workers.
Alim said there are other workers suffering the same plight with his clients but do not have the means to fight out their rights.
He said the workers are being exploited and are not given the protection laid down in the Labor Code.
As this developed, Alim wrote Mr. Noel Ojoy, Alien Control Officer of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation Region VI to check if Iwata and Takata have working permits.
In his letter Alim also sought the help of the BID as “(W)e were informed that the two Respondents will be leaving the country soon after their contract at the Iloilo Airport located at Cabatuan-Sta. Barbara. The case we filed might not be decided yet at that time and we are afraid they (Respondents) will be out of the country already by the time the decision comes out.”
In this regard Alim requested Ojoy to “to do something in order to stop the (R)espondents from leaving the country until such time the cases filed against them would have been decided and terminated.”