Wednesday, November 23, 2016

DOLE’s win-win will not end endo—labor group

The militant labor party Partido Manggagawa (PM) slammed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello’s endorsement of the employers’ “win-win” formula on contractualization. In a press conference yesterday, Bello claimed regularizing workers in the agencies will deliver the administration’s promise to end contractualization.

“The so-called win-win formula of the employers and now the DOLE will not end endo. It is a blatant betrayal of the campaign promise of then-candidate Rodrigo Duterte to eradicate contractualization. The ‘win-win’ scheme is a scam that will lead to the utter proliferation of outsourcing and contracting out of regular jobs in the principal employers,” declared Rene Magtubo, PM national chair.

PM announced that they will hold a rally tomorrow at the DOLE main office to protest Bello’s endorsement of the “win-win” scheme and to push for an “end endo” formula of regulation and prohibition of subcontracting of regular jobs. Also PM, the Nagkaisa labor coalition and workers groups are gearing for a big mobilization on November 30 to highlight the call to stop all forms of contractualization, including outsourcing.

The group also expressed doubt on Bello’s statement that 25,000 contractual workers have been made regular. Instead PM revealed that the DOLE has not been able to enforce regularization of workers in numerous instances. The militant group said that there is a Japanese-owned electronics factory in the Cavite ecozone that has refused to regularize hundreds of its agency workers despite an order from the DOLE. It cited the case of the PALEA 600 who have not been reinstated by Philippine Airlines as regular workers despite a settlement agreement that provides for it. Finally PM also pointed out the case of 149 Pizza Hut contractual workers who were retrenched when they sought regularization but have been reinstated only as agency workers.

Magtubo said “It seems that the news of 25,000 newly regularized workers is fake similar to posts in Mocha Uson's controversial blog.

He insisted that Secretary Bello is revising the promise of Pres. Duterte by arguing that the latter’s marching order is only to end “illegal contractualization.” Magtubo also countered that the Bello his turning back on the participants to the three Labor Summits convened by the DOLE in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao who resolved to end all forms of contractualization.

November 23, 2016

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