The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Aklan is “hands off” on the subject of the employers to employees influence on voting.
This is because to intervene on the issue of employers compelling their workers to vote for the candidates they are endorsing is no longer within the scope of their task.
According to DOLE Aklan Provincial Director, Bediolo Salvacion, the labor code does not cover the intervention regarding this matter.
Instead it is the COMELEC’s responsibility to hold a certain employer accountable for the clear violation of an individual’s right as a voter.
Salvacion however said that if an employer dismisses an employee for the reason that the latter did not vote for the former’s supported candidate, then it is the time that DOLE will take action.
The Labor Code, he said, strictly prohibits the removal of workers without a valid reason.