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.
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”