16 disgruntled guards file labor complaint vs downtown store PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 January 2014 15:00

Shoppers’ Central, one of the Shoppers chain of stores, remained closed for some three hours yesterday morning as tension broke out between the management and 16 security guards, who  refused to render duty in connection with the latter’s complaint filed with the Department of Labor and Employment.

Edwin Barredo and Albert Nazare, two of the 16 security guards, told DZT that last Friday they went to DOLE where they filed a formal complaint against the Shoppers’ Central management and Bluelight Security Agency for alleged violation of the wage law.

Barredo and Nazare said they and other security guards have been rendering duty in the store 12 hours daily for several years and they were only being paid P250 per day.

After they filed the complaint with DOLE, they also proceeded to a local television station and aired the same complaint.

The security guards said they confronted with Eduardo Bucoy of the Bluelight Security Agency at the DOLE office.

The guards showed to DZT a certification of appearance issued by DOLE stating that they can still render duty at the store despite the complaint.

Last Friday after going to DOLE and the TV station, they rendered duty at Shoppers Central. Yesterday morning they returned to the store to continue rendering duty but they were surprised when store personnel identified as Jason Lara, Lope Barrela and Angelo Pagalran prevented them from going in. They even closed the door.

The 16 security guards reacted and tension ensued outside the store.

The security guards were upset because the management hired other security personnel from another agency—Goldwyn Security Agency.

The 16 guards were disgusted after they were informed that no less than their agency issued a prevented suspension against them for filing a complaint with DOLE and for going to  the TV station..

The complainants said it was unlawful for their agency to issue such order as the DOLE already ruled they can still perform their job at the store.

Nerisa Gigata, operation manager of Shoppers’ Central, told DZT that there were 29 security personnel from Bluelight Security Agency detailed with the store, but only 16 of them have filed the complaint with DOLE.

Gigata said she was not in the position to comment on the complaint of the security guards regarding alleged wage law violation.

She added that the store implemented the order issued by the Bluelight Security Agency not to let the 16 guards get into the store.

Gigata said the store must be opened at 8:30 a.m. but because of the incident the management decided to start business at 11:45 a.m.

The incident was also responded by policemen to prevent any untoward incident.

The complainants, the Shoppers’ Central management the Blue Light security agency are scheduled to meet at the DOLE’s NLRC on Monday for another confrontation. – Dan Toribio Jr.