DOLE to launch complaints hotline for workers on September 1
MANILA - A hotline for workers' concerns will be launched on September 1, an official of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Thursday.
"If these employees are engaged in 'endo' [end of contract] arrangements, they can directly call the hotline and say ‘I am an employee of ABC Manpower, I’m not being paid the proper benefits in labor standards. This is the address I have been deployed to,” said DOLE Undersecretary Dominador Say.
Say added, they have identified several malls and department stores who have been practicing "endo," wherein employees are hired for a period no more than six months to avoid paying benefits due to regular employees after regularization.
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"There have been a number and we also have a number of
jurisprudence wherein the Supreme Court itself decided that these employees are the employees of the establishment," he said.
Say, however, refused to publicly name these establishments or give a definite number of how many they have discovered to be practicing "endo."
"For this exercise, there have been assessments made, but the assessments still go through certain processes because if we find out that a certain establishment is practicing illegal activities, they are still given due process," he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has issued strong warnings against companies who practice "endo" and vowed to end it within his 6-year term.
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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, meanwhile, assured companies they have no reason to fear government's memorandum that mandates the investigation on companies that practice "endo."
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Bello said labor inspectors will only be checking the employment records of the companies to check if they re-hire or fire employees before six months are over, and validate the records by speaking with the employees and asking about their length of stay in the company.
"Pag sinabi nila na, let’s say, they say 'I have been here for about one year, pero putol-putol,' that’s an example of endo system," he said.
While they do not want to go to the extent of penalizing companies that practice 'endo,' Bello said they will be ready to impose sanctions on those that refuse to comply.
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