Solon calls on RPN-9 management to immediately compensate employees

ANAKPAWIS Rep. Rafael Mariano expressed support to some 200 sacked employees of Radio Philippine Network (RPN-9) who were retrenched and not given their separation pay.

“President Aquino must be directly accountable for the plight of RPN-9 employees. The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) which is in charge of the supervision of RPN-9 is directly under the Office of the President.”

“This government has no regard at all even for its own workers. The PCOO, Solar Entertainment and RPN-9 management are treating RPN-9 employees as paupers who have to beg for what is rightfully due to them. The RPN-9 management still owe its employees millions in back wages and unpaid benefits,” Mariano said.

According to the RPN-9 employees union, the management owes them an estimate of P103-million in unpaid accrued salaries and benefits since 2001.

All the 213 employees of RPN-9 were mass retrenched last November 15. Solar Entertainment who owns 34-percent of the sequestered television network refused to absorb RPN-9 employees who have been with the network for so many years.

“Matapos pakinabangan ng maraming taon ng gobyerno ang mga empleyado ng RPN-9, tinanggal sila sa trabaho at ngayon, ginigipit sila at ayaw bayaran ang kanilang unpaid benefits. Pinipilit pang ipatanggap sa kanila ang mababang separation benefits. Nawalan na nga ng trabaho ang mga empleyado, tinatratato pa silang pulubi na namamalimos para sa kanilang mga benepisyo,” Mariano said.

The PCOO said the government is unable to pay the full separation benefits of RPN-9 employees due to financial constraints. “This alibi is unacceptable. RPN-9 management must stop ‘blackmailing’ employees into accepting lower separation benefits.

“The RPN-9 management, PCCO and the Office of the President must immediately and decisively find ways to compensate the workers as soon as possible. The Aquino government and the Tiengs are answerable to the plight of RPN-9 employees,” the solon concluded.

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