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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 22, 2016
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End to contractualization seen

The General Alliance of Workers Associations is expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to reiterate his goals for the labor sector, including wage increases and the ending of contractualization in his first State of the Nation Address next week.

Wennie Sancho, GAWA secretary-general, yesterday said Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao has already filed a bill seeking to abolish contractualization or “endo” that needs to be prioritized in the 17 th Congress.

Sancho said the House Bill will consider workers and employees of a contractor or subcontractor as employees of the actual employer if the work done is “necessary and desirable for the business of the employer.”

“This bill should be certified as urgent. And if this will be already signed by President Duterte, it will be approved at the earliest possible time,” Sancho said.

The labor sector is also expecting Labor and Employment Secretary Silverio Bello III to explain the mechanisms of the administration's steps in ending contractualization, he said.

“We are yet to see any concrete measures on the eradication of endo,” he said. “We are looking forward for the realization of the pronouncement of the government to abolish endo in six months, and by 2017 a total illegalization.”

Meanwhile, some labor groups in Negros Occidental are planning to file a petition for wage increase in the province through the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region 6, Sancho said.

In the wage board consultation meeting with labor unions on June 19, Negros labor groups expressed their plans to file a separate wage increase petition.

Sancho said the labor unions in Panay are also planning to file a wage increase of P100 in the private sector.

The Negros unions will prepare for the proposal while waiting for the creation of RTWPB-NIR, but if the establishment of the board is delayed, they will file the petition directly to the Department of Labor and Employment-Negros Island Region, he said.*KBC


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