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Ex-employees of Rivera’s fishing firm demand release of delayed benefits

Around 40 former employees of RD Fishing Industry, Inc. gathered Tuesday in front of the General Santos city council to demand immediate release of their benefits.

The group sought an audience with Councilor Jane Rivera to mediate in addressing their concerns. Rivera’s family is the owner of the tuna fishing company.

They claimed that the company failed to honor their settlement agreement before the National Labor Relations Commission.

Daisy Labrador, wife of one of the former employees of RD, claimed that the payments were supposed to start on May 15, 2023 until Sept. 15, 2023, but the settlement terms were not followed.

She said they refrained from filing a case to avoid any more trouble, asserting all they wanted is that their concerns are resolved.

Labrador noted that the company has yet to pay the remaining two months of their agreement.

For her part, Rivera promised to relay the former workers’ concerns to the company.

“Atin itong ifo-forward sa office ng RD, kasi wala rin akong masagot. Pero siyempre, kailangan nating tulungan itong mga tao. Akin lang, kung ano man ang request nila, ipaparating ko,” Rivera said.

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