Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)-Nagkaisa and Pinoy Plus HIV on Sunday called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to conduct a thorough inspection and assessment of all Ricky Reyes-owned beauty salons, citing alleged non-compliance with laws on monthly wages, Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Pag-IBIG Fund.
Alan Tanjusay, spokesman for TUCP-Nagkaisa, said his group’s call on DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz was based on complaints brought to them by several employees of the beauty salons of Ricky Reyes, a hair stylist to celebrities in politics and entertainment.
Baldoz, according to Tanjusay, should “conduct [a]compliance visit to all beauty parlors owned and operated by Ricky Reyes to determine if all his [companies are]complying with lawful wages [and]mandated monthly payments [of]SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG premiums.”
Reyes was earlier accused by a number of labor groups, including TUCP-Nagkaisa, of being anti-worker after a certain Rene Nocos sought the assistance of the media to bring to the attention of the public the decision of Reyes to terminate his services upon learning that he has HIV.
Aside from allegedly unlawful termination, Nocos also accused Reyes of discrimination, under payment of wages and 13th month pay and non-payment of social welfare benefits despite the fact that he has been employed as all-around hair stylist for about 10 years.
He filed his complaints against Reyes before the National Labor Relations Commission.
Pinoy Plus HIV said, “We are standing behind Rene in his struggle against discrimination and illegal dismissal. We are normal people who also have the right to live and work to support our family and contribute to the progress of the country. People who have HIV have the same capacity and all the right[s]as anybody else. We don’t deserve discrimination.”
Tanjusay said his group is “invoking the visitorial and enforcement powers of the Secretary of Labor to conduct inspection of workplace establishments under Article 128 of the Labor Code through its Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCO) using assessment checklist.”
Once Baldoz makes a move, he added, Reyes’ establishments that will be found non-compliant with labor and social protection laws will be given by the Labor department 10 calendar days to correct supposed violations of such laws.