Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian earlier this week suspended NexGreen Enterprise’s business permit for 15 days over allegations of unjust labor practices, among which was paying its workers over P1,000 in coins.
Employee Russel Mañoza, who filed the complaint, received a salary of P1,056 in five and 10-centavo coins, something which Gatchalian believed factory owner Jasper Cheng So did as payback for Mañoza complaining to the barangay about the labor dispute.
According to So, the incident was just a misunderstanding as the coins were intended as an offering for a church in Malabon.
According to the city hall’s Worker’s Affairs Office, Mañoza has unpaid separation pay due at the amount of P55,614.93 and overtime and holiday pay from April to August 2019 and May 23 to June 23 this year. The employee reported that he and his fellow workers did not receive the night shift differential pay and PhilHealth, Social Security System and Pag-IBIG fund benefits.
Gatchalian warned So that the company may have to deal with legal cases due to the labor dispute and an investigation by the Department of Labor and Employment.
NexGreen Enterprise has 15 days to correct the mistakes or else their business permit will be revoked.