RWM deaths should prod revocation of ecozone inspection exemptions - Gabriela

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 14:15 -- gwp_prop

“The deaths of 38 individuals—patrons and workers at the Resorts World incident should bring forward the implications of having special economic zones enjoy exemptions from labor and safety exemptions. We in Gabriela Women’s Party, as authors of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Bill shall seek to further enrich the measure to include the amendment if not the junking of Department Order 131 as the Bill enters bicameral deliberations.” Thus said OHS champions and Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas as they also expressed today their intent to look into possible health and safety standard violations that may have worsened the impact of the Resorts World incident last June 2, 2017.  “It appears that the number of casualties increased partly due to a defective sprinkler system and a lockdown imposed by hotel security personnel even as people were trying to escape.” Brosas explained that among the reported casualties of the incident were workers and students undergoing on-the-job training.  “This is not the first time this year that a fire occurred in an ecozone. Clearly, factories and corporations are enjoying too many exemptions that have placed workers’ safety in jeopardy. The lives of our workers as well as the patrons of these corporations must be ensured and should be our priority.”#