Makabayan, a progressive party-list bloc in the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 19, slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for failing to fulfill his campaign promise to end contractualization in the country.
A day before on April 18, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Duterte would no longer sign the executive order (EO) on contractualization. Duterte said he would leave it to Congress to decide on the issue of security of tenure of workers in the private sector.
“The recent pronouncement of Malacanang only confirms our previous position na matagal nang inabandona ni Pangulong Duterte ang kanyang pangako na wakasan ang endo,” said Anakpawis party-list Representative Ariel Casilao.
“At nagbu-boomerang ito dahil nga even at the very place where President Duterte came from, Davao City, nangyari yung malawakang tanggalan ng mga manggagawa ng Coca-Cola,” he added.
The House of Representatives has already approved on third and final reading House Bill 6908, or its version of the security of tenure bill.
But Casilao said the security of tenure bill still pending in Congress would only worsen the condition of the workers.
“It will only strengthen and institutionalize further practice of contractualization in a new definition, in a new way of circumventing the very rights of the workers to be secured in their workplaces,” Casilao said.
Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas shared Casilao’s view, saying Duterte’s failure to sign the EO was a “grave betrayal.”
“Ang nilalaman ng House Bill 6908 ay fake security of tenure bill, hindi naman nito sasagutin yung tunay na pagkawala ng kontraktuwalisasyon sa bansa. Bagkus, ang mangyayari ay sa ahensya lang din babagsak yung sinasabi na pagreregularisa na alam naman natin na hindi sa principal owner,” Brosas said.
“Kung yun ang aasahan natin, yung mga Duterte allies dito ay ime-make sure lang nila na magpapatuloy ang kontraktuwalisasyon,” she added.
ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio said that Duterte had seemingly “washed his hands” on a campaign promise and completely favored big business owners.
“Malinaw na naghugas ng kamay si Pilato. Una, may schedule na pirmahan ang EO pero at the last minute kinancel. Ibig sabihin dito, may naghabol at pinakinggan yung naghabol,” Tinio said.
“Sino ang naghabol dito? Kundi yung malaking negosyante na tutol sa pagwakas ng kontraktuwalisasyon,” he added.
Casilao said that with the recent developments, he was expecting a more massive protest of labor groups and federations on Labor Day.
“Mas lalo yung need and urgency to show massive protest, massive condemnation of the recent statement and the abandonment and betrayal of this government with their promise of ending endo,” Casilao said.
“Bubuhos yan, tiyak. With the recent statement, all organized union groups, federations and other organizations, makikiisa at thousands upon thousands ang kikilos nationwide. Tiyak na magiging isang malinaw na political message ito kay Pangulong Duterte,” he added. —with GMA News
Employers told: Pay 13th month pay before Christmas
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded Tuesday, November 1, that it is a must that employers pay their workers’ 13th-month pay not later than December 24.
“All employers are required to pay their rank-and-file employees the 13th month pay, regardless of the nature of their employment, and irrespective of the methods by which their wages are paid, provided they worked for at least one month in a year,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.
Bello warned employers who fail to pay the 13th month benefit that they are liable to money claim cases that aggrieved employees may file with any DOLE regional offices.
Labor laws and their implementing rules and regulations mandate the payment of 13th month pay.
He explained that 13th month pay is a labor standard provision of the law that the DOLE does not compromise as to its payment.
Under the Labor Code, every covered employer is required to make a report of compliance to the nearest DOLE regional office not later than 15 January of each year.
“Good labor-management relations, increased workers’ and enterprises’ productivity and competiveness result to workers being paid what is due them,” Bello said.
The 13th month pay is defined to mean one-twelfth (1/12) of the basic salary of an employee within a calendar year.
The basic salary includes all remunerations or earnings paid by an employer to an employee for services rendered, but may not include cost-of-living allowances (COLA), profit-sharing payments, cash equivalents of unused vacation and sick leave credits, overtime pay, premium pay, night shift differential pay, holiday pay, and all allowances and monetary benefits which are not considered, or integrated as part of the regular or basic salary of the employee.(PNA)