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Dominican workers commemorate their day with a letter of work suspension

A total of 633,715 workers have been approved in the FASE program.

This May 1 Dominican workers commemorate their day amid despair, anguish, disappointment and the indefiniteness of a crisis that is unknown when it will end.

Companies that are not authorized to operate in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic have requested the suspension of employment contracts for their collaborators, and others that are operating have taken advantage of this situation to suspend employment contracts even for pregnant women.

To date, 50,807 companies have made 84,802 requests to suspend employment contracts, affecting 846,549 workers.

According to data from the Ministry of Labor, 765,000 workers have been registered in the Government’s Employee Solidarity Assistance Fund ( FASE) program , of which 633,715 were approved and 115,439 were rejected. There are currently 485 workers pending in the FASE program.

“On this 134th anniversary of the events that occurred in the city of Chicago, the world of work is shocked, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has contributed to the fact that job security is currently in a series of questions because it is putting at stake the most important thing for a worker, which is the preservation of his job, ”said Rafael –Pepe- Abreu , president of the National Confederation of Trade Union Unity (CNUS).

He added that for the Dominican working class, the worst of this crisis is the state of indefiniteness, in the sense that no one knows for certain when this will end.

“We believe that the economy should be opened little by little, step by step, right now. There is part of the economy that is operating: such as the area of ​​communication, food, pharmaceuticals, among others, that continue to operate almost normally, “Abreu said.

He said that what is put into practice in those sectors should be done in others and that people understand that everyone must do their part to overcome this situation.

He added that in the private sector there are more than 2.3 million employees and that today, almost half are suspended without knowing what will happen to them when the 90 days are over.

The International Labor Organization

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has given a forceful thrust to the ability to earn the livelihood of almost 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy (the most vulnerable group in the labor market), of a total of 2,000 million worldwide, and of a global workforce of 3,300 million people. There are two triggers: confinement measures and / or the fact that these people work in one of the hardest hit sectors.

Globally, the first month of the crisis would have claimed 60 percent of the income of informal workers. This equates to an 81 percent drop in Africa and the Americas, 21.6 percent in Asia and the Pacific, and 70 percent in Europe and Central Asia.

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