I am new in this forum. I really need some advise regarding the status of delayed payment of a certain NGO and its contracted Service Agency to me and my fellow workers.
This is my situation:
I was a former project-based employee in a very big NGO based here in Panay. After my contract ended last June 30, 2015, we were called by our previous coleague to do short term enumerator tasks with lengths of up to 5-6 days. We were paid right after we delivered all deliverables. That was the setup which we have been used to and seems reasonable and a win-win situation for both parties. Recently, we were called back again to perform similar enumerator tasks. We had a verbal agreement and understanding that the same setup will be followed. To our surprise, they have asked us for requirements like tin, sss, philhealth, pag-ibig, police and brgy clearance and a cash card from a specific bank. We have complied all the requirements prior to the engagement. Then, they have asked us a favor to perform enumerator duties prior to the engagement as they have a tight schedule and need the data asap. We have agreed although we have no written contract yet, as we have used to work with them and we completely trust them to uphold their word that they are going to deduct the time(no. of days we rendered service) to the number of days in the contract. Then, all of a sudden we were informed that they will not be having the same setup and that they have find a service provider that will handle our "payroll" according to them. This service provider said that it will deduct taxes, philhealth, sss, and pag-ibig premiums from our wage of 5-6 days and that it will follow the system that most contractual and regular employees follow. 15th and 30th of the month payment regardless of just how many days we rendered services.
It felt like we have been totally fooled and put in a disadvantage since we have already rendered services prior to signing anything. We cannot also just quit as we have already worked for the NGO for a few days. We have no choice but to sign a document. The document they let us sign was a "Job Order" and not a regular contract that we used to sign before.
Now the issue is this, it has been 15 days since we have finished our job, yet there was no salary deposited in the cash card. I have tried to contact the admin of the NGO and they said that they are still having meetings with the service provider and their national office.
Do they violate any law? What legal actions do I need to take. THis is just about a very small sum of money but what I am fighting out is that it seems they have put me on aggravated status.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.