On the first year of the NCCC mall fire, groups call for criminal liability for workplace deaths

The BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) together with Institute for Occupational Health, Safety and Development (IOHSAD) and the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyapa Farms (NAMASUFA) held a candle lighting activity last Wednesday, Dec. 26 in commemoration of the first year of the NCCC mall fire in Davao City that killed a total of 39 workers, 37 of whom are workers of the BPO company, Survey Sampling International (SSI).

The candle lighting was held in Liwasang Bonifacio inside the camp out of Sumifru workers. The groups called for justice and criminal liability for violators of OSH standards especially when it results in deaths of workers.

“We continue to grieve the tragic death of our fellow call center workers, one year after the tragedy in NCCC mall in Davao City. We are one with their families in their fight for justice and accountability. It also reminds us how deadly workplaces can be even in the BPO industry,” Sarah Presteza of the Unified Employees of Alorica and BIEN said in the program. Continue reading “On the first year of the NCCC mall fire, groups call for criminal liability for workplace deaths”


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”