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Industrial Hospital employees demand COVID incentives, overtime, other payments owed

By The Star Staff

Employees of the Industrial Hospital, which belongs to the State Insurance Fund Corp. (SIF), demanded on Monday the payment of overdue health incentives aimed at curbing the impact of COVID-19 as well as overtime payment owed to them since 2017, payment for uniforms, and other benefits that they say SIF Administrator Juan Carlos Benítez Chacón refuses to pay.

“Today we demand that the Fund administrator pay the incentives, the uniform [costs], the overtime that has been owed since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the overtime that hospital employees have worked since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, and everything that is owed to the workers of this country who day by day give their best service to the injured of this corporation,” said Lizbeth Mercado Cordero, president of the SIF Employees Union (UECFSE by its Spanish initials).

In a written statement, Mercado Cordero detailed the steps that the union has taken so that the administration complies with the law.

“We have taken all the steps in our power to force the SIF’s administration and its administrator Juan Carlos Benítez Chacón to pay everything they owe us,” the union leader said. “In fact, on December 2, the State Insurance Fund Corporation was ordered, by means of an award, to immediately make the payments owed for uniforms to all employees as established by our Collective Bargaining Agreement, for which the Corporation made new proposals refusing to make the payments.

Mercado Cordero added that the UECFSE is currently waiting to sign a stipulation that clarifies the matter again in favor of the employees who have been left without benefits in the Industrial Hospital and in the other dispensaries and areas of the corporation.

“We have gone through all the channels, but since the administration refuses to pay, we must take to the streets,” she said.

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