The DOLE earlier said it expects passage of the law to greatly reduce incidents of workplace deaths caused by OSHS
We already need a stricter law that would penalize erring employers and impose more stringent regulations on OSH
standards,' Villanueva said in a statement on Thursday.
'Violations of OSH
standards are not only patent disregard of the standards but deliberate disrespect of the well-being of our workers and derogation of their right to safe and healthy workplaces.
The Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS
) law also seeks to amend the 41-year old Labor Code of the Philippines, which contains no criminal penalties for violators.
Aside from holding the hotel management accountable, KMU is also demanding for DOLE officials to be also held accountable for the deadly workplace fires for its 'lethargic' implementation of OSHS
The chair of the Senate Committee on Labor Employment and Human Resources Development said this Monday as he welcomed the President Duterte's signing of the RA 11058, which amends the 41-year-old Labor Code of the Philippines which does not declare unlawful or impose a fine for violations of the OSHS
The Manila Pavilion management could face charges from the DOLE if it will proven it violated OSHS
Villanueva said the present Labor Code "does not declare unlawful violations of OSHS
," failing to hold accountable erring employers.
'We sincerely thank our colleagues for supporting this personal crusade, which we have been strongly pushing to give due justice to our workers and to assure a level playing field to establishments who comply to the OSH
standards,' Villanueva said.