Baguio BPO workers Speak Up on labor rights issues 

BPO WORKERS HELD a Speak Up! workshop sponsored by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in partnership with the BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) yesterday, March 4 at City Light Hotel in Baguio City. They discussed current issues faced by BPO workers particularly on wages, job security and labor rights.

The workshop, participated by about 20 BPO workers working in different call center companies in Baguio City, provided venue for the workers to share their issues at the workplace and formulate recommendations on how these issues will be addressed.  Continue reading “Baguio BPO workers Speak Up on labor rights issues “


Tax reform brings more burden than relief – BIEN

TWO MONTHS INTO the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, the BPO Industry Employees Network lamented that the tax reform only brought more burden than relief to Filipinos including those working in the BPO Industry.

The TRAIN law which took effect on January 1, 2018 simplified the tax table and tax rates. The most popular part of the law is the reduction of the personal income tax.

“The government is all praise to this new tax scheme but at best, TRAIN is a run-of-the-mill but and for many, it is more burdensome. In the last two months, many BPO workers indeed had higher take-home pay; however, this is tailed off because of the rising cost of basic goods, commodities and utilities. We did not feel its benefits and the supposedly positive impact remained unfelt,” Mylene Cabalona, BIEN Spokesperson said. Continue reading “Tax reform brings more burden than relief – BIEN”

BPO workers vow to push for positive change in OSH, labor policies

On the 40th day of the tragic SSI-NCCC fire that killed 38 workers and on the first year anniversary of the massive fire House Technology Inc. in Cavite, the BPO Industry Employees Network vowed to push for positive changes in occupational safety and health and labor policies as the group and families of victims continue to fight for justice for the death of workers in the tragic fire.

“Impunity for workers’ death due to accidents or workplace fires should end. We support the demand of many labor groups that stricter and criminal penalties for violators of OSH standards should be enforced as stipulated in the two versions of OSH bills in the lower and upper house of Congress,” Sarah Prestoza, Union President of Unified Employees of West-Alorica and member of BIEN said. Continue reading “BPO workers vow to push for positive change in OSH, labor policies”