Bicol endo workers remain unpaid of benefits ordered by DOLE | BICOL TODAY

Bicol endo workers remain unpaid of benefits ordered by DOLE

By Manly M. Ugalde

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Complaining “endo” (end of contact) workers here desperately await payments of benefits due them despite Compliance Order issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here on March 26, 2018.

Forced by allegations of cash bond exactions and deficiency in benefits from their employer, at least four workers at the Legazpi-based Gaisano Metro Mall who asked to protect their identity bravely wrote the DOLE regional office here on December 11 last year complaining specifically of the P500 cash bond deductions on workers payroll every 15 and 30th of the month. The workers claimed that many of the workers who had already left their works for years failed to collect their cash bond despite demand.

The four workers, who are sales clerks, said many of the hundreds of mall workers have more than a year cash bond collectibles which their employer refuses to refund saying the employer office, a manpower agency do not even have office in Bicol, and the only contact they have is through a cell phone number of the employer coordinator who seldom shows up in the mall, worse would not even reply in calls and text messages.

Following an investigation conducted by DOLE Bicol, a final Compliance Order dated March 26 have been issued against Avail A Work Manpower Services based in Quezon City after officials of the said employer blatantly ignored and failed to attend on two issued mandatory conferences set on February 27 and March 19 with the complaining workers only attending. The compliance order was signed by regional director Exequiel R. Sarcauga.

The workers letter-complaint to DOLE explained that they applied for a job directly at the Gaisano Mall and were simply given a form of the Avail A Work Manpower Services to fill up without facing any employee or official of their future employer. They said they received their salary through a bank issued Automated Teller Machine. With the regular deductions for the SSS and Pag-Ibig contributions, however, they claimed they were not given an SSS number, worse deducted of the banned cash bond of P500 every 15 and 30th of their payroll.

At least 13 employees were initially mentioned in the DOLE compliance order who were entitled to receive payments from their employer totaling P112,821.74. One of the employees was entitled to receive a total of 33,728.00, according to the DOLE order.

But almost five months since the DOLE compliance order, however, not one from the entitled employees have ever been paid lamenting that their children were desperately deprived of their needs during the enrollment period last June.

The Dole Compliance Order identified the workers as Sharon Anonuevo, Marissa Tomerio, Jerry Mendez, Donald Adornado, Jenny Lora, Madel Borromeo, Antonette Rivero, Marissa M. Octavio, Jerlyn Alilita, Mark Anthony Nuel, Gerick Arinan, and Anche Mendinilla.

DOLE officials said cash bond has long been banned, except for security guards wondering where in the world said employer find its courage to exact the poor endo workers of cash bond.

Despite DOLE order to pay us the glaring deficiency in benefits including a refund of the DOLE- computed illegally collected cash bond, the affected workers asked whether they could ever receive their entitled refund and benefits saying, some the employment contract of other fellow employees have already expired without receiving anything. A coordinator of the employer even boasted that the release of payments, according to DOLE order will still depend on the will of Avail A Work Manpower Services, the workers said.

The DOLE compliance order showed Avail A Work Manpower Services is liable for, 1) delayed the provision of payslip, 2) illegal deduction for uniform, cash bond, and losses, 3) non-payment of service incentive leave, and 4) non-payment of overtime.

The workers appealed to the President and Secretary Silvestre Bello to compel their employer to pay them immediately, saying they are only endo workers to deserve the harsh treatment from the employer. []

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