KMU urges Senate to pass pro-worker safety bill after fatal accident in Subic shipyard
Militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) has asked the Senate to pass a pro-worker occupational safety and health (OSH) bill following an accident at a shipyard in Subic, Zambales last week, resulting to the death of one worker and injuring of three others.
KMU members marched to the Senate on Monday to call for justice for the workers of Korean shipyard construction company Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) Philippines.
The labor group urged the legislators to junk and replace the “watered-down” version of the OSH bill passed in February this year, which relies on self-inspection and voluntary compliance with safety standards.
“The death and injuries to Hanjin workers was a direct result of the company’s gross OSH violations, its failure to comply with occupational safety and health standards,” said KMU vice-president Lito Ustarez.
The four Hanjin victims fell from a scaffolding at the shipyard on May 12. All were hospitalized, and one died from internal injuries.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ordered Hanjin subcontractor Binictican I-Tech Corp. to stop work after the accident.
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