PAGCOR appeals against changes to employee take-home pay

The changes were implemented earlier this year, but employees were immediately dismayed to find lower rates of pay.

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has submitted a request to change the amount it pays its employees.

To facilitate this, PAGCOR has addressed the Governance Commission for Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GCG) in an official application.

The problems arose when the new Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) was introduced, which meant that all employees were entered into Pay Step One of the system.

This meant that no matter how long someone had served in the company, they were paid the same amount as a new employee.

Employees discovered this on the first payday under the CPCS, 15 February, when many of them had seen a decrease in pay.

Alejandro Tengco, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO, said: “Parallel to the thrust of the PAGCOR Board of Directors to prioritise the welfare of the employees, the PAGCOR Board approved the Implementation of Step Increment based on length of service, subject to GCG’s review and approval.

“We hope that the GCG will positively respond to our appeal so that all tenured PAGCOR employees will not feel shortchanged, and instead receive the compensation that they deserve under the bounds of the law.”

According to the CPCS guidelines, employees will rise one Pay Step for every three years of service, but it was found that 73% of PAGCORs workforce have already served this tenure.

Tengco continued to explain that this appeal will only be the first step of many to ensure that “those who occupy the lowest rungs in the organisation” are protected from the changes in take-home pay.

This isn't the only front that PAGCOR is fighting at the moment, as it also seized 11 computers and 21 phones, as well as several tablets, laptops and flash drives as part of a raid.


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