POLO: Report employers who take advantage of protests to deny FDHs of day off

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Anti-riot policemen during an anti-government protest in Wan Chai (file photo)

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) urged Filipino domestic workers to report employers who take advantage of the anti-government protests and do not allow their helpers to take a day off so that they can continue to work.

Assistant Labor Attache Angelica M. Sunga urged helpers who are not allowed to go out on their day off because of protests and are made to work without pay to report their employers.

“Kung hindi magdaday-off ng Sunday, puwede niyang kausapin si amo niya and set another day off. Internal agreement lang nila,” Sunga said during the Filipino community leaders’ meeting at the consulate on Nov. 2.

“Kung halimbawa hindi makausap si employer, let us know then para we can call the agency para si agency kausapin din si employer niya,” she added.

One community leader said that a worker complained that she was not allowed to go out on her day off because of the protests and was made to work but was not paid.

In August, the Filipino Migrant Workers Union (FMWU) said it also received complaints that some employers were taking advantage of the situation by preventing migrant domestic worker (MDW) to take their weekly rest day.

The FMWU said employers should be reminded that not granting rest day in a week is a violation of the employment contract and punishable by law.