LABOR group, Partido Manggagawa (PM), slammed on Saturday, September 5, the mass layoff of an estimated 4,000 workers at the Mactan Economic Zone in Cebu.

In a statement, PM said the layoff, considered the largest in the Mactan Ecozone since the 2009 economic crisis, is unacceptable considering that the country is in the midst of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

"As per our monitoring, several thousands of workers are being fired. This is the single largest layoff in the Mactan Ecozone since the 2009 economic crisis," said PM chairman Rene Magtubo.

"They have families to feed but little prospect of finding new jobs in this pandemic economy," he added.

Worse, he said, is that the layoff of the four garment factories under the umbrella of Sports City Group of Companies came as a surprise to the workers as there was no prior information about it.

This, the labor leader said, means that thousands of workers will be going home already without jobs.

"Some 4,000 breadwinners had the surprise of their lives when they were unceremoniously terminated without any clear criteria," he said.

"They were surprise firings without prior notice. This is inhumane and disruptive of workers’ lives," added Labog.

Data from the Department of Labor and Employment showed that Central Visayas, where Cebu is included, has already recorded a total of 11,099 displaced workers due to permanent shutdown and retrenchment. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)