President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday sought for a compromise on labor contractualization or “endo”, stressing how difficult it was to force employers to abolish the practice completely.
“I don’t think that I can really give them all kasi hindi naman natin mapilit ‘yung mga kapitalista na…kung walang pera o ayaw nila o tamad (because we cannot force capitalists…if they don’t have money or if they’re lazy),” Duterte said during the inauguration of the newest shooting range of Armscor Shooting Center Inc. in Davao City.
“Don’t make it hard for them to run the business the way they like it because that’s their money. So something of a compromise must be…maybe acceptable to everybody,” he added.
Duterte also pointed out that there were only a number of companies in the country that absorb human resources.
“But in other countries, be it Hong Kong, America, you work for a certain guy and if he does not like the quality that you produce, you get out, you get paid, separated and that’s it,” Duterte said.
“Ganun lang sana (It could have been like that) but because there are few businesses to absorb the human resource, kaya (that’s why) they want some radical changes,” he added.
Duterte’s pronouncement came as militants in Bacolod City staged a rally yesterday in front of the Department ofLabor and Employment-Negros Occidental office to urge Duterte to sign an executive order to abolish labor contractualization.
Members of the progressive organization Partido Manggagawa and the labor coalition Nagkaisa held a nationally-coordinated rally in various offices of DOLE in the country, particularly in Intramuros in Manila, Calamba in Laguna, and in Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Davao cities.
A press release from PM said these simultaneous rallies are the call of labor groups for the President to sign the EO on contractual employment.
“President Duterte won on a campaign platform of abolishing contractualization. Two long years have passed and the promise remains unfulfilled,” PM chair Rene Magtubo said in the press release, adding, “Duterte criticizes EDSA for its broken promises, but his own vow to end endo remains unrealized”.
Meanwhile, the rally also called for DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III to act on various labor disputes happening in big companies in the country, like Lakepower, Coke, and Philippine Airlines, as protests of labor unions in these firms continue.
Last week, the Congress of Independent Organization urged the management of Coca-Cola FEMSA in Bacolod City to follow the Collective Bargaining Agreement procedures before laying off 50 sales agents of the company.
Benjie dela Cruz, president of the CIO, a union of workers at Coca-Cola, said that the 50 agents cannot be laid off without discussions and dialogs between the employees’ group and the management, as stated in their CBA.
The workers are calling for a stop to the termination and suspension of union officers and members. The dispute has become a litmus test of freedom of association at eco-zones, the press release added.
DOLE released a new department order on contractualization called DO 174 but it is not different from previous orders, which allowed contractualization, the press release also said.
Magtubo also said this is the reason why they are asking the President to issue an EO to implement his campaign promise of ending contractualization.
“Massive subcontracting and outsourcing at PAL that has reduced its plantilla of regular workers and bloated its army of contractual workers is not different from PLDT, which the DOLE already found guilty of illegal contracting,” Magtubo said.*MLG/PNA
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