The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) should look after the 900 workers recently laid off by a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said Wednesday. TUCP secretary-general and former senator Ernesto Herrera said that with the help of industry groups, the DOLE should find ways to redeploy the displaced employees of Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) to other BPO providers.

“The DOLE should ensure that the retrenched staff are absorbed right away by other firms, so as to lessen the potential severance of family income,” Herrera said, adding that many BPO employees effectively support at least one household, and in some cases, up to two,” he said.

ACS recently dismissed 889 employees, or one-fifth of its work force. From January to September this year, the company had a net loss of P100 million on revenues of P1.48 billion. continue reading

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