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Cebu biz chambers oppose ‘no vax, no pay’ scheme

Yu reiterated that they are doing their part to encourage more employees to get vaccinated, noting the lagging vaccination figures in Cebu.

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The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) expressed their opposition to reports that some employers are allegedly adopting a “no vaccine, no salary” scheme.

The two business chambers stressed that they are for upholding the rights of workers in terms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination in the workplace and assured that they will not back the said scheme.

This comes after the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) slammed some employers who were allegedly implementing the scheme.

“This is something worth looking into, I am sure it’s not in Cebu companies. We have always been in harmony between employer and employee,” CCCI president Felix Taguiam said.

He added that they have not received yet reports of any incidents of the scheme among its member companies.

Meantime, MCCI president Steven Yu said that they have been clear to the business community in the city that they cannot disallow or withhold salaries of employees just because of their vaccination status.

“As per the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), withholding salaries of workers because they are still unvaccinated is against the law,” Yu said.

He added that the DoLE-7 is in active coordination with them and the communication lines are very clear.

Yu reiterated that they are doing their part to encourage more employees to get vaccinated, noting the lagging vaccination figures in Cebu.

“We are continuing our campaign to spur vaccine confidence to augment the slowing numbers of vaccines in vaccination centers,” Yu said.

To recall, the TUCP has urged the Labor deparment to punish companies adopting the scheme.

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