Employees of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. (SEPCO), a division of Samsung Electronics, are facing charges of syndicated and large-scale illegal recruitment involving economic sabotage, estafa and theft filed by manpower agency Temps & Staffers Inc. (TSI). The charges stemmed from the alleged â€œpiracyâ€ of 700 of TSIâ€™s employees by SEPCO.
SEPCO is engaged in the marketing and distribution of Samsung brand electronic products. It is not in the business of manpower recruitment of promo-merchandisers who are assigned to sell Samsung products to consumers as support to accredited Samsung dealers nationwide. SEPCO contracts third-party manpower agencies to supply the promo-merchandisers, which clearly constitutes no employer-employee relationship between SEPCO and the promo-merchandisers. At present, SEPCO engages the services of five (5) Filipino-owned manpower agencies to meet its requirements.
There is no truth to the allegation of â€œpiracyâ€, as mentioned in newspaper articles. The contracts between TSI and its promo merchandisers is co-terminus with TSIâ€™s contract with SEPCO. As early as June 13, 2010, TSI served termination notices to their promo-merchandisers effective June 30, 2010. Given this, the affected promo-merchandisers decided on their own whether to wait for a new job contract from TSI or seek employment elsewhere.
Samsung Electronics is committed to acting as a responsible corporate citizen in the Philippines. We conduct our operations in accordance with international labor standards and we maintain a rigorous compliance program.
Respect for our employees is one of our key business principles. We will provide them with our full legal support and assistance to clarify this matter.