Labor complaint forces closure of John O's golf course
By JOHN DX LAPID, ABS-CBN Central Visayas | 03/17/2009 3:25 PM
Former senator John Henry Osmeñas golf course in Negros Oriental has shut down operations pending a labor complaint filed by its employees over alleged non-payment of their salaries since December.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Negros Oriental conducted inspections at the Pamplona Plantation Golf and Country Club for possible labor law violations after 24 employees complained they were not given their salaries for the last four months.
Labor Employment Officer Kenric Villaluz said the management refused to give the documents the team needed for the inspection.
Villaluz, who took the workers' statements, found that in addition to not being paid, the employees were not given the right amount of salary. He said they were just given P150 a day, without holiday and 13th-month pay.
Results of the inspection will be sent to DOLE Central Visayas for further investigation, where Osmeña will have to answer the workers' complaints.
Even if the golf course was closed, employees still hope that it will be back to operations soon, since, they said, it is their only livelihood.
as of 03/17/2009 3:26 PM