Group urges BPO firms to put up bond for workers’ claims

The labor party list group Partido Manggawa (PM) in the Philippines has urged the government to compel business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in the country to put up a bond that can be used to pay workers’ claims. The group made the call after a call center illegally shut down in Cebu, leaving its 30 employees jobless and with unpaid salaries and separation pay. PM Chairman Rene Magtubo called on the government to require BPO companies to put up a bond equivalent to two months salaries of all workers they intend to hire. The bond will be used in the even of sudden or illegal closure. Last December 21, Eziconnect Philippines Inc in Mandaue City, Cebu, abruptly closed, the fifth BPO firm in the last four years that has closed illegally.