Union in Alorica deplores dismissal of union Pres, VP  

The Unified Employees of Alorica deplores the unjust dismissal of UEA President Sarah Prestoza, Vice President Jerico delos Reyes, and another union officer Anna Octavio amid ongoing labor dispute on grounds of union busting and other attacks on workers’ rights.

On December 20, Thursday, Prestoza, delos Reyes and Octavio, learned about Alorica’s notice of termination following a 30-day preventive suspension successively imposed on the them about three weeks ago. The suspension and subsequent dismissal of the three were founded on alleged willful disobedience to company policies. UEA stands that the grounds for termination of our three leaders against are baseless and are meant solely to bust the union.
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BPO workers group condemns criminal raps vs. BIEN, UEA officers

The BPO Industry Employees Network strongly condemns the filing of criminal charges by Alorica management against its officers and those of the Unified Employees of Alorica (UEA).

On November 14, two officers of UEA received subpoenas for charges of “alarms and scandals” and “malicious mischief” filed by the Alorica management before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office against 12 individuals including BIEN President Mylene Cabalona, Secretary General Rico Hababag and UEA President Sarah Prestoza. The charges cited a protest action held sometime in September in one of their sites in Makati City.

Aside from this, a union officer who was already illegally dismissed by Alorica received a subpeona on charges of online libel by one of the HR officers of Alorica. Such charges were filed two months after the UEA filed a notice of strike and following failed negotiations between the union and the management.

We vehemently condemn and deny these criminal allegations hurled by Alorica management against our leaders. Such is a desperate move by Alorica to silence the union and independent groups of BPO workers as we exercise our right to freely organize and express legitimate demands. It is maliciously aimed at intimidating the union and coerce it to withdraw its notice of strike based on union busting efforts by the Alorica management. Continue reading “BPO workers group condemns criminal raps vs. BIEN, UEA officers”

On the removal of Joel Maglunsod from DOLE

The BPO Industry Employees Network expresses dismay over the removal of Mr. Joel “Jomag” Maglunsod from being Undersecretary of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which was announced by President Duterte evening of October 2.

For many years, the DOLE has mimicked the interest of business to the detriment of workers. For a short period, Ka Jomag’s office as Labor Undersecretary became a reliable and easy venue for redress of grievances for workers. This is not surprising because Ka Jomag is a genuine labor leader with decades of experience as part of the grassroots labor movement.

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In his capacity as Labor Undersecretary, “Ka Jomag” saw to it that workers’ issues, especially contractualization, are heard. He enforced inspections of labor-only contracting practices of many companies and investigated labor standards and occupation health and safety violations. These bore fruit in orders and decisions that were in favor of the ordinary workers.

Specifically for the workers of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Ka Jomag’s office accommodated social dialogues on important workplace issues. He was helpful in ensuring that BPO workers’ voice are heard by the government and by BPO companies. His office was instrumental in setting a platform for dialogue for BPO companies and workers, including the lone union in the industry, the Unified Employees of Alorica (UEA). Continue reading “On the removal of Joel Maglunsod from DOLE”