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BPO Workers Lobby for President Aquino’s Support

by: Sarah Joson

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | Outsourcing News |

After being snubbed by President Aquino during his fourth State Of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, representatives of the BPO Industry Employees Network Philippines are urging the President to support the proposed bill that aims to protect the welfare of BPO workers in the Philippines.

BPO industry workers lobby for President's support of proposed bill

The organization stated that President Aquino can help move things along by requesting the Congress to prioritize the bill which is set to warrant employees better working conditions and job security.

Terry Ridon, Kabataan party list Representative, filed the BPO Workers’ Welfare and Protection Act of 2013 or House Bill 1180.
Other important provisions seen in the bill are regularization of trainees upon six months of employment or completion of the maximum probationary training period, standardized implementation of bathroom breaks, automatic granting of medical benefits once employment contract starts, and exercise democratic rights.

The group said they expected the President to discuss the law that will protect employees from BPO companies that disregard the well-being and security of its workers. However, that wasn’t the case.

The group also noted that since BPO employees contributed 22 percent of the local services sector’s revenues, they should have additional protection and security.


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