MANILA — An American businessman who hastily left the country on August 25 is a subject of complaint by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and urged the Bureau of Immigration to immediately tag and blacklist him as “an undesirable alien” and banned from re-entering the Philippines.
Laurence Kevin Fishman, owner of Manila-based Skytech International Dental Laboratories Inc., abandoned his firm and left his 416 workers with unpaid salaries and benefits amounting to some $50 million. According to the TUCP secretary-general and former Senator Ernesto Herrera, the government should find ways to run after Fishman and compel him to settle his unpaid obligations to his workers.
“While we welcome foreign investors who build factories here that create badly needed jobs, government should not take lightly any violations of our labor laws and abuses against our workers,” Herrera said.
“For starters, regulators should ban all products of Skytech’s parent firm, Trident Dental Laboratories, from entering the country,” said Herrera, former chairman of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development.
Herrera also urged the Philippine Dental Association to boycott Trident products.
Before it closed shop, Skytech fabricated artificial teeth and associated parts for dental clinics and other overseas clients.
Herrera said Skytech’s parent firm, Hawthorne, California-based Trident Labs Inc., doing business as Trident Dental Laboratories, and with facilities in China and Vietnam, “appears to remain fully operational.”
Trident’s website is still up and running, and Fishman is still there as “CEO/owner,” with his welcome message to prospective clients and customers, Herrera pointed out.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment is already trying to help the displaced Skytech workers.