Outsourced workers face uncertain future-A A +A
Sunday, December 22, 2013
WHILE regular and casual Capitol workers received a Christmas bonus, outsourced workers received nothing at all.
However, they’re hoping to get something after the holidays.
“CA (cash advance) lang usa before Christmas ug (and) CA na sab before New Year,” said one outsourced janitor from Perfect Clean General Services.
The outsourced workers, though, are worried they might not be able to avail themselves of a CA after they received their end-of-contract notices last week.
Many reportedly still have collectible overtime pay since October.
One of the most common complaints of outsourced workers is their delayed salaries.
An outsourced clerk said the last paycheck she received was for Nov. 16 to Nov. 31.
The clerk said they were promised they would get their Dec. 1 to Dec. 16 paycheck tomorrow.
Asked about their 13th-month pay, she said their 2012 bonus was released last February.
Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) administrative officer Julie Ann Belloc, who handles transactions with outsource companies, said the contract of 5 Stars Amalgamated Manpower and Allied Services Inc., which provides medical personnel, and Perfect Clean will end this year.
LBP Service Corp.-Best Source Professional’s contract will end on Feb. 28.
Outsourced workers are not employees of the Provincial Government. They are paid by the outsource companies.
The Capitol, though, has been shouldering the salaries of workers from 5 Stars from Sept. 16 to Oct. 31, said PGSO Chief Eva Encabo.
“Wala man na makabayad ang 5 Stars (was not able to pay its workers) so we have to do something,” Encabo said.
She said the Capitol will deduct the amount from its bill.
“They cannot bill Capitol unless they show proof of remittances to SSS (Social Security System), Pag-Ibig and PhilHealth,” she said.
Sun.Star Cebu tried to contact 5 Stars, to no avail.
Encabo said she believes providing proof of the remittances has prevented 5 Stars from billing Capitol.
Gov. Hilario Davide III is already committed to fill up the 68 permanent doctor’s positions and other medical positions, which are funded in the 2014 budget. This means the Capitol will have no need for outsourced medical personnel.
As for Perfect Clean’s contract, Encabo said the usual practice is to extend it.
In fact, this has already been extended to February since the bids and awards committee (BAC), of which she is a member, has not initiated any bidding for next year’s needs and services.
She said the annual budget has just been approved, so BAC has just learned of the amount allocated for outsource payments.
A Capitol official who requested anonymity said he admires these highly-motivated outsourced workers compared to casual employees.
“Kining mga casual maldita, kung imong sugoon i-curse na ko nila sa hilom (The casual workers curse you behind your back),” the official said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 22, 2013.