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Pinoy workers be aware: DOLE says ‘companies must shoulder uniform costs’

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The government continues to warn Filipinos who work in private firms to be apprehensive of the rights they have amid reports against illegal collection of cash bonds.

Forcing employees to pay for their uniforms is unauthorized, the Department of Labor and Employment stressed in its labor advisory No. 11 series of 2014.

The said labor advisory reads that “deductions made from the employees’ wages for company uniforms, cash deposits for loss or damage, personal protective equipment (PPE), capital share or capital build-up in service cooperatives, training fees, and other deductions not included in this advisory are unauthorized.”

Despite this order, a lot of private firms remain deaf and choose to pass to their workers the cost of buying company uniforms. This is evident given the rising complaints, the agency said.

Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said earlier last year that his office “has been receiving complaints from maintenance workers because cash bonds were being unlawfully deducted from their wages without their consent or proper documentation.”

“This is clearly a violation of the law,” he stressed.

Maglunsod further said that Filipinos should be knowledgeable in the form of written documents before their employees deduct any amount of cash bonds from their wages.

He also urged them to report abusive employees so as the agency could act and end the unlawful activities of these companies.

“We will protect the workers. This is the role of DOLE. We will help them and talk to the management to return the collected cash bond. Workers should not be afraid of reporting these unlawful acts because
these are your rights,” he said.

Filipino workers who have complaints or concerns should call the DOLE hotline 1349; visit the nearest DOLE office; or personally coordinate with his office to immediately address their problems, Maglunsod said.

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