Philippines Supreme Court sides with Kentex workers, orders manager to pay laborers ₱1.4M for unpaid wages

July 31, 2019 in victimorganising

The Supreme Court sided with workers of Kentex Manufacturing Corporation, ordering the footwear factory that was razed by a fire in 2015 to pay its employees their unpaid wages.

The high court reinstated the Labor Department’s 2015 order that Kentex general manager and treasurer Ong King Guan should pay 57 workers a total amount of ₱1.44 million in money claims.

The SC decision, issued on July 8 and released to the media on Friday, effectively reversed the Court of Appeals 2017 verdict that Ong was not “personally and solidarily liable.”

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier filed a petition before the Supreme Court questioning the appellate court’s decision discharging Ong from liability for underpaid wages, non-payment of 13th month pay, and unauthorized deduction of cash bond.

The Supreme Court reinstated the DOLE-NCR order issued in June 2015 that Ong should pay 57 workers an aggregate amount of ₱1.44 million in money claims.

On May 13, 2015, a fire broke out in a two-storey factory owned by Kentex in Valenzuela, which claimed 72 lives and injured a number of workers.

Source : CNN Philippines, July 2, 2019

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