Fire victims' kin, survivors sue Kentex


Posted at May 22 2015 09:13 PM | Updated as of May 23 2015 05:29 AM

MANILA -- Survivors and relatives of the victims of the massive fire that killed 72 people in Kentex Manufacturing Corporation in Valenzuela City filed a lawsuit against the company on Friday afternoon.

The lawsuit was filed before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), the office responsible for labor disputes.

According to Atty. Remegio Saladero Jr., who represents 4 survivors plus 3 relatives of those who died in the fire, they filed money claims against Kentex for violating labor practices such as not following the minimum wage, not providing the required holiday benefit package, overtime pay, non-payment of Social Security System (SSS) premiums and other benefits.

Although Saladero only represents seven victims, he said at least 52 other victims plan to file similar cases against Kentex.

The victims and the owners of the company are scheduled to meet during the first hearing set on June 9.

If no settlement is reached, the case will be filed before a labor arbiter, after which both sides will be asked to present evidence and position papers.

The labor arbiter will also be tasked to decide on the case. -- report from Zandro Ochona, DZMM