Angry and dismayed dismissed workers of a business process outsourcing company in Dumaguete City staged a protest Monday despite the absence of a mayor's permit.
Kabataan and Anakpawis Partylist also joined the workers protest and “condemned the gross neglect of the workers' rights”, Danny Cordova, Anakpawis-Negros Oriental coordinator, said in a press release.
Senior Supt. Harris Fama, officer-in-charge of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said about 15 people were sighted at the vicinity of a shopping center at around 9:30 a.m. Monday, carrying placards that were intended for SPi Global.
The police monitored the activity which Fama said did not have a permit from the mayor's office; however, the group voluntarily dispersed shortly thereafter.
Maria Anna Amahit, one of the 100 dismissed workers, said the protest is a necessary action since the company illegally dismissed them, thus affecting their lives as well as their families, the press release said.
Amahit added, “SPi Global-CRM has obviously violated our rights since we have been dismissed without a just reason and did not even undergo a due process”.
Kabataan-Negros Oriental secretary general, Candido Ebarle, lambasted SPi Global-CRM for their inhumane scheme of sweeping away tenured workers and replacing them with new workers under contractual scheme.
Ebarle said dismissal among tenured workers is a trend in BPO companies, to avoid the responsibilities of giving workers' benefits and much higher labor cost, compared to the contractual labor policy.
Cordova enjoined the working class to support the call of the dismissed SPi Global-CRM workers since this is an issue that needs to be addressed by the labor system.
The dismissed workers had earlier sought the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment, and the National Labor Relations Commission regarding what they described as illegal termination by the company.*JFP/PR
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