Davao riders, UP guards score victory
Two associations of contractual employees scored successive victories the past week.
In Davao, the National Labor Relations Commission ordered Foodpanda Philippines Incorporated to pay a ₱2-million compensation package to seven delivery rider workers illegally terminated last year. Foodpanda is a food-delivery service company.
The seven were part of the hundreds of Foodpanda workers who protested on July 2021 over unclear rules in computing of income share per delivery, lack of benefits and protection. They also questioned the 10-year suspension of drivers who participated in a protest after the management refused a dialogue.
Meanwhile, in Quezon City, the University of the Philippines-Diliman administration on July 29 terminated its contract with the FEMJEG Security Agency. In June, the company fired more than 100 security guards who had been working at the university for decades before UP gave them the contract. The guards under the agency complained about delays and wage repression. They are also denied benefits and were threatened with termination from work if they complained to the Department of Labor and Employment.