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Shell scam against its employees in the Philippines?

I am Antonio L. Buensuceso Jr. an immigrant from the Philippines and residing at 12901 Francine Ter, Poway, Ca  92064 and an avid follower of your ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC.COM website.

In fact, I am posting your column in my blog: shelltabangaorefinerylife.blogspot.com…

…for the simple reason that as I see it we stand on the SAME ground against SHELL, who since 1978 upon the start of my employment in PILIPINAS SHELL PETROLEUM CORPORATION,  Shell Refinery, Tabangao, Batangas City, PHILIPPINES until February 2002 when the company booted me out of the refinery, I have been crusading against a MANAGEMENT SCAM victimizing helpless employees like me.

This is how the SCAM works.

SHELL management concocted a PERFECT ATTENDANCE PROGRAM and called this PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD SYSTEM.

At the beginning of the year the supervisors under the direction of SHELL management instructs their respective operators, mechanics and other rank and file employees to become PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDEES to the end of the year.

But how does one become an awardee?

Being part of our benefit package we got through our collective bargaining agreement, we have fifteen (15)  days vacation leaves, fifteen (15) days sick leaves and five (5) days personal/emergency leaves annually. In order to become a PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDEE an employee can only avail of his fifteen (15) days of vacation leaves and leave behind his fifteen (15) days of sick leave  and five (5) days personal/emergency leaves.

If the employee happened to consume even a day of his sick leave or personal/emergency he will no longer be entitled to become a PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDEE.

Now, at the end of the year those sick leaves and personal/emergency leaves of awardees shall be forfeited in favor of SHELL.These fifteen days sick leaves and five days personal/emergency leaves shall all be collected by greedy SHELL and gives back a gift, just worth one-half day work; in my case : one G.E. flat iron during one Christmas party occasion. WHY not give a gift commensurate to at least to the 20 day work?

Actually, if the employee consumed all the fifteen days sick leave and five days emergency leaves, these 20 day leaves will cost SHELL  50 days worth of work. Look when the employee avail of these 20 days leaves, he got  20 days. then another will work in his  place and will be paid  overtime  1.5 x 20 days and got 30 days.

Therefore, 20 days for the employee who was on leave plus 30 days for the employee who is working overtime for the employee who is on leave is equal to 50 days. So why just give a half day worth of gift?  This is a real SCAM , a scandalous extortion racket.

SHELL management forced employees into submission to this SCAM by warning non-conforming employees that they will not be promoted or will be transferred to other work assignment which the employee will find to be a difficult or ridiculous one. And we find ourselves in these predicament since I joined SHELL. Every year I asked for MANAGEMENT to give  sanity to the PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD SYSTEM but they never did. They kept doing this SCAM over again.

On year 2000, January  I made a vow that I will not cut my hair to remind SHELL management that there is a constant plea for SANITY in the PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD SYSTEM. But before my hair could grow any longer  SHELL management opted to terminate my employment in the guise of redundancy on February 2003. A case of illegal termination of employment I filed against SHELL and is now pending in the SUPREME COURT OF THE PHILIPPINES.

I am by myself and lawyers practically advise me to quit because SHELL is my opponent ….I can have all the winning arguments in law but SHELL has the remarkable influence on the judges making the decision.

Nevertheless, nothing will ever diminish my will to fight for a cause I believe is right.

Sincerely,

Antonio L. Buensuceso Jr.

[email protected]

COMMENT FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF SHELL OIL USA

I read the posting from that fellow from the Philippines, and so I looked up this definition of ‘Tyranny’ by John Locke in his Second Treatise, Chapter 18:

Where law ends, tyranny begins …..

…… tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right ….. making use of the power …. not for the good of those who are under it, but for …. private, separate advantage.

It would seem that RD Shell management should do some reading. Shell management’s lack of regard for ‘the law’ when it suits their purposes is legendary. Nigeria is the present day classic example.

I presume those ‘gentlemen’ know who John Locke was. In the US we do. He was the intellectual ‘godfather’ for the US Constitution.

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