DOLE to put up own hotline number

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will also put up its own hotline number this month so that employees will have a chance to air their complaints against their employers, Undersecretary Joel Manglungsod said.

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“Hopefully this month we will have our hotline. If the president has his own 8888 and 911, we will also have our own hotline that will operate 24/7)” Maglungsod said in a news briefing.

He said that through the hotline, contractual workers will be able to inform tge government of their violations being committed by their employers.

“We also call for the help of other unions to report [violations], and even the individual workers who are victim of these routines,” he added.

Maglungsod said the department has also established a technical working group to review and research on the issue of contractualization.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier ordered companies to stop the illegal practice of hiring workers as contractuals to save on costs.

Manglungsod said DOLE will crack go after companies practicing contractualization.

He also said the department will require private and public companies to provide their employees a general wage increase until the government has fixed the issue on a national minimum wage.

The DOLE official said the general increase will be taken from the company’s corporate profit.

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