Strengthen Our Power For Regularization!
July 5, 2018
We, from the PLDT Organization of Workers and Employees for Rights (POWER) conveys our deepest and warmest appreciation to all the hard-working men and women employees of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) who collectively expressed their rage and condemnation to the recent move of the company to circumvent the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) compliance order to regularize its more than 8,000 employees.
Our doubts and fears of losing our jobs became reality after weeks of being unsure when PLDT officially terminated its agency service contracts on June 30, 2018.
Prior to this, we, PLDT workers have already signified protests on June 29 when various outsourced workers in different agencies took to social media our condemnation to the agency contract terminations as we hold the #BlackFriday online protest calling to #savePLDTcontractuals. The social media rage even continued days after, that caused for our hashtags to top Twitter Philippines trending topics.
Protests of PLDT workers hit mainstream news when SPi CRM workers in Manila, led by POWER, went out of their comfort zones and took to the streets for the first time on July 2 when we braved the rain and stormed the España office of the PLDT and the head office of DOLE in Manila to call for the both offices to immediately implement the Labor Department’s compliance order for our regularization.
During the July 2 dialogue with Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod and talk with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, we acquired their commitment of calling for a mandatory conference between managements of PLDT, SPi CRM and officials of POWER this week. As of this writing, we are still waiting for the schedule for this said important and crucial meeting.
This protest sparked inspiration amongst workers in other outsourcing agencies of PLDT. The unified action of POWER in SPi CRM has engaged both PLDT and DOLE to speak up on the issue of agency contract terminations. It even raised our concerns to national public consciousness that eventually brought in wide and broader support for our struggle for regularization.
In this light, the entire leadership and mass membership of POWER congratulates all of the PLDT workers who have been steadfast and determined in pushing mainly for our campaign for regularization. We are firmly holding on to the statement of DOLE that we are regular employees of PLDT and that we must be regularized immediately.
While we are not discounting other demands such as for money claims, benefits, higher wages and better working conditions inside our workplaces, POWER will focus mainly in advancing and pushing our call for regularization. We believe that once we gain our ‘regular status’ to our principal employer – which is PLDT, then the rest of our demands will be easy for us to demand.
We stand firm that the call for regularization must not be limited to those ‘listed’ employees of DOLE but must cut across even those who are ‘unlisted.’ POWER believes that all employees of PLDT must enjoy the same rights and privileges, especially to be called as regular employees of the company. Rest assured, that we will be pushing for the regularization of ALL of our workforce until the end.
POWER also want to use this platform to reach out to the sole PLDT rank-and-file union, Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas (MKP) and seek for a dialogue regarding our campaign for regularization.
While we highly-appreciate their long-drawn struggle for us, we would want to put the record straight that what our union should put on top of its list of demand is our just, rightful and legitimate demand for regularization, above all.
We are very positive and we have high hopes that the dialogue with the MKP will push through in the soonest possible time and that a healthy working relationship will be forged between POWER and our respected officials of the MKP.
POWER also acknowledges the support of various pro-labor groups who have been active in supporting our battle-cry for regularization, especially to the hard-working people of Defend Job Philippines. They have been there with us since day one of the formation of POWER up to this moment and vows to not leave us until the victory of our struggle for regularization.
Lastly, we, your officers in POWER call on all other PLDT workers and employees to unite, consolidate and strengthen our power in order for us to push further our inclusive campaign for regularization.
We will be keeping you posted on the schedules of our future activities.
We hope that you can join us and be part of POWER and our planned mobilization in time for the DOLE mandatory conference between the PLDT management in the days to come and as we advance and raise our issues leading to President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) this month.
Thank you and more power to all of us!
Dan Joshua Nazario