Imperial Pacific International workers protested today in front of the CNMI federal court over frozen payroll accounts and inhumane conditions at the worker housing facilities.
According to a report from the Marianas Variety, the protesters included construction workers and other Imperial Pacific employees.
The protesters are saying that they cannot cash their paychecks because the federal court has frozen Imperial Pacific’s bank accounts.
(clip was taken from a video by Emmanuel T. Erediano, with permission from the Marianas Variety)
Just last month, the Commonwealth Utility Corporation disconnected power to IPI’s worker housing facilities after the casino operator failed to pay its power bills.
This month, Imperial Pacific’s treasury director appeared before the federal court stating that the casino operator is in ‘financial turmoil.’ The company blamed the COVID-19 crisis for its inability to pay various sanctions and costs as a result of an ongoing labor lawsuit.