Hanjin labor 'abuse' caught on cam


Posted at Mar 19 2012 08:12 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2012 03:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines -  The Hanjin shipyard in Subic continues to be a hotbed of alleged labor violations.

In a video obtained by ABS-CBN, a Korean is seen manhandling a Filipino worker inside the shipyard.

Another video shows a man, Alex Buya-ao,  lying on the floor and waiting to be taken to a hospital.

"Umakyat siya sa scaffold sa ikatlong palapag para ayusin yung frame. Sa kasamaang palad ang natapakan nyang scaffold ay hindi naka-fix. Bumuka ito at dumertso siya pababa," a worker said.

Alex died last January, 2 weeks after the incident.

One video, meanwhile, shows several workers with worn-out uniforms.

They use adhesive tape to fix the uniforms to protect themselves from toxic materials.

Orlando Alfonso was left blinded in one eye.

He believes he wouldn't have lost his eyesight if Hanjin had doctors on the site.

"Ako ay inutusan ng amo ko si Mr. Kim na tanggalin yung manhole para yung ventilation yung mga alikabok matanggal doon sa loob para makita nila yung tinatrabaho nila hanggang yung pangyayaring 'yon may tumalsik sa mata ko," Alfonso said.

The company shouldered Orlando's medical expenses but he said did not get any hazard or disability pay.

These are just some of the work-related incidents inside the Hanjin Shipyard that were never made public or were largely ignored.

In a letter to ABS-CBN, Hanjin said doctors and dentists are inside the compound round the clock, and workers' uniforms are being issued twice a year.

If the uniforms are damaged, they're immediately replaced, the company added.

On allegations of maltreatment, Hanjin said it has launched seminars on cultural differences between Koreans and Filipinos.

SBMA chairman Bobby Garcia said he is aware of the problems at Hanjin.

"It's a process of education and orientation atsaka kailangan talagang dalhin sila sa punto ng safety yung respect for cultural differences na nagtatrabaho sila sa ennvironment ng Pilipinas di pwede yung ginagawa nila sa South Korea dito," he said.

Garcia is also aware of the dangers of working in the shipyard.

He promises to meet with Hanjin officials and air the grievances of its Filipino workers. - report from Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN News; ANC