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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, July 16, 2016
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Expedite action: GAWA

The General Alliance of Workers Association is planning to write a letter of appeal to the new Labor and Employment Secretary, Silvestre Bello III asking him to expedite the resolution of job contractualization or “endo”.

Wennie Sancho, GAWA Negros Secretary-general, said the Negros-based labor group has been vocal in its support for President Rodrigo Duterte's plans of ending job contractualization in the country.

“The Duterte administration recently announced that it will reduce contractualization in six months and stop this anti-labor scheme by 2017,” Sancho said, “but unfortunately until now, no concrete measures were taken by our legislators.”

The labor sector has observed that in both houses, no bills were even filed to criminalize or declare endo illegal, he added.

He said contractualization should be given a decent burial to give meaning and substance to the labor protection clause in the Philippine Constitution that states all workers shall be entitled to security of tenure.

He said the Duterte administration should make good its promises to workers and t he best Duterte can do is to declare an executive order stating that all contractualization activities must be stopped.

If regular employees will be paid higher wages, it will increase their purchasing power and turn them into viable consumers, and increase production and consumption of goods, he said.

“Labor groups like GAWA did not fold their protest banners and will take to the streets their petition for redress of grievances if the promise to end contractualization will be broken,” he also said.*KBC


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