lawmakers made a unanimous appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to end contractualization as soon as possible.
DIWA party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elagoa and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate slammed contractualization and called for scrapping “end-of-contract” or endo practice.
In a privilege speech, Aglipay-Villar said it is high time for the government to fight for workers’ security of tenure.
“There is no security for a man being fired and re-hired every five months so that he never becomes regularized...this is not flexibility of employment...it is a ridiculous sleight of hand, legal terminology used as a smoke screen to validate injustice,” Aglipay-Villar said.
She said contractualization and job contracting have been rampant problems that blatantly disregard the welfare of workers around the country in the name of national progress.
The lady solon expressed concern that the issue regarding the welfare of workers have not been sufficiently addressed during the past years.
DIWA has submitted similar bills in the past two congresses but unfortunately remained unsuccessful.
To promote the welfare of employees, Aglipay-Villar has filed Secuirty of Tenure Act of 2016 or House Bill No 76.
Villarin meanwhile filed a Security of Tenure Bill and urged President Duterte to certify this as an urgent bill if he is really serious in putting an end to contractualization.
“We welcome the president’s pronouncement. But if he’s really committed to help the Filipino workers, he must certify the Security of Tenure Bill as urgent,” Villarin said.
The bill seeks to amend the Labor Code (PD No. 442) by drawing from both executive (Department of Labor and Employment Department Order No. 18, Series of 2002) and judicial recognition that all workers have the right to security of tenure, to notice, and hearing.
Likewise, Rep. Elago called on President Duterte to put his tough words on contractualization and “endo” into practice by making an example out of SM Supermalls and all other big companies notorious for their low pay, long working hours, and blatant practice of contractualization.
On Monday Duterte has vowed to go after companies that practice contractualization, saying, “”I would like to tell you now: Magsunod kayo o ikakansela ko ‘yung permit ninyo. Mamili kayo.” The president added that companies should not wait for the Department of Labor and Employment’s inspection before stopping contractualization practices.
“We challenge President Duterte to make good on his words by making an example out of SM and all other big companies notorious for hiring employees on a contractual basis, with low pay and little to no benefits,” Elago said in a statement.
Also filing an endo bill is Zarate who challenged Duterte to start his campaign against giant companies like the malls that practice contractualization.
“The ‘end of contract policy’ or the now commonly and notoriously known as ‘endo’ and labor contractualization blatantly violates the worker’s right to security of tenure,” Zarate said.