Gov’t urged to deploy displaced Hanjin workers to New Zealand
Posted 2 years ago
The Philippine government should help displayed Hanjin shipyard workers get new jobs in New Zealand, according to party-list group ACTS-OFW.
In a statement, Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III on Sunday said there is huge demand for skilled labour in New Zealand due to a skills shortage.
Filipino construction workers there are paid 10 times the P537 daily minimum wage in Metro Manila, added Bertiz.
“(They) sent home a record P11.4 billion in cash in the first 11 months of 2018, up 81.5 percent from P6.3 billion in the same period in 2017, largely on account of the increased hiring of construction labor,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bertiz lamented that some Filipino welders rendered jobless with the closure of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines Inc. in Zambales were among those adversely affected by United States’ ban on temporary work visas to the Philippines.
“We understand that hundreds of Hanjin workers retrenched as early as December were already being enlisted for a fuel pipeline project in Houston, Texas. However, owing to the ban, these recruits are now in limbo,” the representative said.
A total of 10,800 Filipinos workers were laid off when the South Korean shipping firm declared bankruptcy and closed down its shipyard in Subic Bay, Zambales.