Criminal raps vs. UEA BIEN leaders dismissed

Makati Prosecutor’s Office dismissed charges of Alarms and Scandal and Malicious Mischief filed by Alorica Teleservices Inc. (ATI) versus 12 individuals including leaders of the Unified Employees of Alorica (UEA) and the BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) on grounds of insufficiency of evidence.

In a joint resolution signed by Makati City Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Kareen T. Tacorda-Evangelista, approved by Deputy City Prosecutor Josefa D. Laurente, the charge of Alarms and Scandal was dismissed citing that “the mere holding of a picket/rally is not among the Alarms and Scandal contemplated under the law.” The charge of Malicious Mischief was also dismissed for insufficiency of evidence as the persons who committed the spray painting were unidentified by the complainant and were not among the named respondents. The decision further cited that “the complainant’s allegation of conspiracy [by the respondents to commit malicious mischief] is based merely on conjecture.”

BIEN President Mylene Cabalona noted that the decision is a welcome development as these charges arose from an ongoing labor dispute between UEA and Alorica. “The picket protest conducted last September was simply an exercise of our right. The charges filed by ATI were meant to harass and undermine the fight of UEA and Alorica workers against union busting, unjust termination and unfair policies. The decision to dismiss these false charges vindicates our cause,” Cabalona averred.

The group added that it is not uncommon that companies file false charges against unionists to dissuade them from organizing. “Thus, this positive news should encourage us, particularly BPO workers, to persist in organizing unions despite the difficulties and setbacks. Only by coming together and reclaiming our right to unionize can we effectively combat unfair labor practices and policies which have proliferated in the BPO industry,” Cabalona said.

The UEA filed a Notice of Strike last September 7, 2018 on grounds of union busting. At the height of the negotiations, several protest actions were held and the Alorica management retaliated by filing false charges against UEA leaders and BIEN. To date, charges of online libel and grave slander filed by Alorica’s Human Resource Manager against UEA grievance officer, Alfredo Sobrino is still pending resolution.#

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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”

“We are ashamed that Alorica is an American company” – CWA

Christopher Shelton, International President of CWA strongly express solidarity with BPO workers in the Philippines and the Unified Employees of Alorica.
“We will stand with you when your fight with Alorica has to take to the streets. We are ashamed that Alorica is an American company because of what they are doing to you. We will make sure that we will do everything that we can to make sure that your struggle is victorious.”