DOLE to PLDT: Comply or face the consequences!
The Department of Labor and Employment has warned PLDT Inc. that it would not hesitate to enforce the full force of the law if the telco giant refuses to regularize more than 7,000 workers who were outsourced by its service contractors.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued the stern warning after PLDT skipped a mandatory conference with the workers and DOLE.
“The government is not powerless against the most powerful,” Bello told the workers during the conference.
Bello said PLDT should absorb the workers as stipulated under labor laws.
“[T]his office clarifies that pursuant to existing laws, the regularization of workers as a result of the finding of labor-only contracting takes effect by operation of law, and is not subject to any condition. Any act or condition imposed that frustrates or tends to frustrate the order to regularize is contumacious and shall be dealt [with] in accordance to law,” he said.
Belo also said the service contractors tapped by PLDT were also owned by the company’s officers and executives.
“This probably explains why they are trying to delay the proceedings and the order because it would result in losses on the part of their executives,” he said.
PLD, however, denied this, saying the allegations are baseless and fabricated.
“The service contractors engaged by PLDT are bona fide corporations properly registered with DOLE and the SEC. They are legitimately providing services to many other companies aside from PLDT,” PLDT said in a statement.
“None of these are owned or managed by PLDT officials. PLDT welcomes an investigation into this allegation as the Company has nothing to hide,” it added.
Failing to get a reprieve from the courts, DOLE’s order directing PLDT to regularize 7,306 employees and to pay around 2,000 workers P51.6 million in monetary benefits is final and executory, Bello said.