On Jan. 27, 2011, a gondola carrying 11 construction workers crashed from the 28th floor of Eton Residences condominium in Makati City. Ten workers died, while another one was seriously injured. Investigation showed numerous violations of core labor standards by Eton Properties Philippines Inc. (EPPI), the property developer of the condo, and its various subcontractors. It was found out that workers were not provided sufficient safety harnesses, were paid poverty wages (P270/ day), and were employed via a complex web of subcontractors.
A year later, Eton and its subcontractors have yet to be held accountable for the grave violations. Justice remains elusive to the victims and their families as cases remain pending at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and Makati Regional Trial Court. [Read issue briefer here].
With the continuing boom of the real estate sector, accidents like that in Eton will persist if the Aquino government will keep a blind eye to the grim state of construction workers.
As we commemorate the tragedy this Friday (Jan. 27), we urge netizens to join us in calling for justice for the Eton tragedy victims and and in demanding safe work for all. Here’s how you can help:
1) Blog about the Eton tragedy and the facts of the case
2) Circulate the video on the Eton tragedy: http://vimeo.com/31091288
3) Use the hashtag #JusticeforEton11 to discuss the issue on Twitter
4) Like the Facebook page “Justice for Eton 11” to get updates on the campaign
You can also join the candle-lighting and picket tomorrow 10:am in front of Eton Residences, Gallardo St. cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati.
Justice for Eton 11 workers! Safe work for all!