Duterte asks labor groups to draft EO vs contractualization

from May 2, 2017 01:00 am to May 2, 2017 01:00 am

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day asked workers' groups for a little more time to deliver on his promise to end contractualization in the country.

Alan Tanjusay, spokesperson for the Association of Labor Unions - Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), said the President asked them in a dialogue in Malacañang for time because he has to deal with certain processes.


"'Yung reklamo ng manpower services. Meron daw silang existing na kontrata sa mga principal employer kung kaya't kung agad-agad ipagbawal ni Pangulong Duterte ang contractualization maapektuhan ang mga kontrata," he told DZMM on Tuesday.

(Manpower services are complaining about the possible effects of abruptly banning contractualization on their existing contracts with principal employers.)

In the meantime, Tanjusay said President Duterte asked them to give him a draft of an executive order that will end contractualization in all its forms.

Labor groups, he said, were asked to return to Malacañang on May 10 and to bring with them a draft of the EO and written proposals of measures they want to implement for Filipino workers.

Besides contractualization, Tanjusay said President Duterte will give trade unions and labor groups the right to inspect factories nationwide, especially after big factory accidents that happened in recent history.

"Ang problema sa mga pagawaan, minsan hindi sumusunod sa mga safety and health standards. Kaya meron tayong mga aksidente gaya ng sunog sa HTI (Cavite)," he said.

(The problem with some factories is they do not follow safety and health standards. This is the reason why we have accidents like the fire in HTI in Cavite.)

Meanwhile, President Duterte also told labor groups that he will be studying raising the minimum wage and the ALU-TUCP's proposal for a subsidy for minimum wage earners, according to Tanjusay.

He said labor groups welcomed the President's statement that he will ratify the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Convention 151 or the Labor Relations (Public Service) Convention.