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Over 100 LRT-1 Employees To Lose Their Jobs, LRMC

LRT-1 EMPLOYEES – More than a hundred Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) employees will lose their jobs as the train line’s ridership declined amid COVID-19.

Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1). (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO) | Image from: Inquirer

According to Inquirer, this was said by the Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC). The corporation’s spokesman Jackie Gorospe also said that the number of employees that would be retrenched composed 20% of the firm’s total workforce.

“It is with great regret that LRMC confirms a reduction of its workforce due to a significant 90% drop in ridership brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,”

Amid the imposition of strict community quarantine due to COVID-19, LRMC said that it scaled down its operations and halted some projects. The staff reduction is set to take effect next month, LRMC said.

“This decision went through multiple levels of approvals involving the LRMC Senior Management Committee, in close consultation with LRMC’s employee union. The right-sizing program will take effect on September 15, 2020,”

Based on the report, LRMC added that the displaced workers will receive their benefits.

“To support and take care of affected employees, each employee will receive his/her rightful benefits under the law and even above what is in the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement. On top of this, LRMC has partnered with Xcelarator Talent Solutions to assist affected members on livelihood and investing wisely,”

Public transportation, which include Public transportation, was suspended after the government restored modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the second strictest lockdown, in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan, which is set to last until August 18.

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