The labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno called for payment for all work-related expenses of workers placed under the work-from-home scheme.
“Private offices and government agencies should fully and immediately compensate their workers for the costs arising from ‘work-from-home” schemes,” said Elmer Labog, chairman of the group.
Labog said companies must shoulder the workers’ utility expenses including electricity, internet connection, mobile phone loads, among others.
“Workers should not be made to pay for or subsidize the operations costs of companies. Neither should they be forced to buy devices needed by their employers,” he said.
More than 2.7 million workers have already been displaced because of permanent and temporary closure of businesses, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.