President Corner

The Plight Of Our Workers

April 2, 2020

Dear PamCham Members.

Relative to DOLE’s Labor Advisory 13 (issued March 30) that specifies premium holiday pay for April 9, 10 & 11, followed by Advisory 13-A (issued April 1) which specifies deferment of holiday premium pay until after the ECQ, plus exemption of companies that ceased operation during the ECQ, President Rene Romero advises members to once again, seriously consider the plight of our workers.

He appeals to employers who can still afford to pay the premium for the dates indicated, to please do so. For companies that are financially constrained, 13-A is a welcome & necessary relief.

For transparency, it is a good idea to consider keeping our workers informed and made aware of the detrimental effect of the ECQ to businesses, which will persist even after the lifting of the quarantine on account of the continuing Covid-19 threat.

It is imperative that both employers and employees work together to revive the business after the ECQ. Our economic survival depends on this.

Thank you.