The General Employers and Solidarity labor group is accusing various security agencies in the Western Visayas of violating Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Order 174, which pertains to policies surrounding minimum wage, overtime pay, and failure to remit Social Security System (SSS) contributions, and has called on the government agency to conduct inspections of such firms across the region.
Group spokesperson Ronald Ian Evidente claimed firms collect employee SSS contributions but never transfer the funds to the appropriate government account. He likened the act to “estafa,” a type of fraud.
The group spoke out on the issue after last Monday’s hostage situation at a shopping mall in San Juan City, which was perpetrated by Archie Paray, a mall security guard who was reportedly triggered by “unfair work practices.”
According to a report by the AP, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora called for an investigation into how the suspect was able to enter the mall with a pistol and grenades./DGB, WDJ