Group hits PNoy for letting BPOs flaunt ‘work suspension’ order

YOUTH group today assailed the Aquino administration for its callousness towards workers workers and employees by belatedly issuing a ‘work suspension’ order.

Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, the office of the President through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa issued Memorandum Circular No. 33-A when many of employees and workers were already at work, putting them at risk of being stranded by floods at their offices and workplaces.

Crisostomo said “even such a half-hearted measure was nullified when the Palace released a latter statement through Presidential Spokesperson on the suspension of work in government and private offices which essentially gave BPO firms and other private employers a loophole to compel workers to brave the floods and rains.”

The circular said: “For the private sector, if your employer requires you to go to work, they must be able: (1) to ensure and be responsible for your safety; and (2) to give premium pay.”

In essence, the Aquino administration has abdicated its responsibility and primary role of ensuring the safety of Filipino workers. There are no guarantees that employers will actually ensure the safety of their employees, and there are no government measures to make sure that employers will actually do that, Crisostomo said.

“No amount of ‘premium pay’ will justify putting the lives of BPO employees and other workers in danger,” he said.



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