Defend Jobs Philippines launched on Tuesday a “13th Month Pay Labor Hotline” where workers and employees can report companies which will not comply with existing laws and official government policy issuances.
“We encourage our fellow workers to report the status of their 13th month pay benefits on our labor hotlines 09150052082 (Globe) or 09995542533 (Smart) in order for us to take immediate and necessary actions against employers who will violate the law,” Christian Lloyd Magsoy, Defend Jobs Philippines spokesperson,said in a statement.
He added, “While ensuring the confidentiality of our complainants, we aim to compile the 13th month pay related violations of employers and file the list of violators to the Labor Department for appropriate penalties and sanctions.”
Defend Jobs Philippines said that workers can send their complaints and reports via SMS on a 24/7 basis and they can accept calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays.
The group will also accept reports and inquiries on their official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“While we call for the full payment of the 13th month pay to be given to all workers in the private and public sector, we reiterate our position that the best Christmas gift that the government can give to working people this coming Holiday season will be regular jobs, adequate aid and protection of labor rights” said Magsoy.
Last week, the labor department released Advisory 28-2020 regarding the ‘Guidelines on the Payment of Thirteenth Month Pay,” which states that “no request or application for exemptions or for deferment of the payment shall be accepted and allowed.”
Under Presidential Decree # 851, employers in the private sector are required to pay their rank-and-file employees a 13th month pay on or before December 24 as part of their mandated benefits.