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”

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BIEN welcomes passage of new workers’ safety law, hopes for #SafeWorkPlacesNow

The BPO Industry Employees Network welcomes the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Law (OSH) that aims to add protection to workers against violations of OSH standards by employers.

“This is a welcome development for Filipino workers especially for families of worker-victims of workplace accidents. We will remain vigilant as we hope that this new law will not remain only in paper but will concretely result in greater protection of workers’ occupational health and safety,” Mylene Cabalona, BPO Industry Employees Network President said. Continue reading “BIEN welcomes passage of new workers’ safety law, hopes for #SafeWorkPlacesNow”

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”