By Erma Edera
A notice of strike was filed by the University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) Employees Association at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) after majority of the members voted “Yes” to a strike referendum held on Monday.
DOLE conducted a strike vote where at least 399 employees of USTH voted “Yes” to a strike referendum while only seven voted “No” on Feb. 11.
In a report by The Varsitarian, Dr. Marcellus Ramirez, hospital’s medical director’s message showed the deadlock was caused by the “unjustifiable demands of the union which would amount to a whopping P1.1 billion.”
If the union would push through with the strike, it will stop the hospital operations, close the clinics, hold admissions, advice discharge of existing patients, and stop all ancillary services, the message added.
The Manila Bulletin tried to contact Donnel John Siazon, union’s president of the UST Hospital but to no avail.