Poll warehouse workers protest unpaid wages
MANILA, Philippines – Workers at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, protested after not receiving their wages from the contractor of technology provider Smartmatic.
“When salaries were not paid yesterday, some workers refused to work and stayed outside the warehouse. Some were vocal with their complaints,” Smartmatic voters’ education head Karen Jimeno said Friday, April 1.
“When they were not yet paid this morning, some workers refused to work. After all workers were paid by the bank at 9 am, all workers went back to work,” Jimeno said.
The workers staged a walkout on Thursday, March 31, and held a noise barrage on Friday, April 1, according to a source privy to the issue.
Jimeno described the workers as “involved in production and dispatch” in the Comelec’s Santa Rosa warehouse.
There, Smartmatic has stored thousands of vote-counting machines for the May 9 elections. The Comelec needs 97,000 VCMs for the Philippines’ 3rd automated polls.
Jimeno said Smartmatic’s contractor, Ventures Link, was supposed to pay the warehouse workers on Thursday.
“Due to a delay with the bank yesterday, the workers who tried to withdraw complained,” she said.
This comes as the Comelec is a little over a month away from the May 9 elections.
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