By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines is hoping that the Senate will be more sympathetic to the plight of workers.
The group said this a day after President Duterte signed the Executive Order on contractualization which they said did not really end precarious work arrangements such as Endo and abusive contractualization.
“We welcome his frank admission as to the limitation of his authority to issue an EO that will curb epidemic scale of abusive contractualization and his directive to certify the Security of Tenure Bill as urgent,” ALU Spokesman Alan Tanjusay said in a statement.
“We hope the Senate will be very sympathetic to the plight of abused or exploited workers and not be influenced by unscrupulous employers or businessmen,” he added.
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines Vice President Luis Corral lamented how the EO failed to state that “direct hiring of the employee by the principal employer is the general norm of the employment relation.
“The practical effect is simple: No longer will direct hiring be the general rule where contractualization shall be the exception to the rule. Therefore in these forthcoming NTIPC negotiations, all the employers will have to allege for a particular job, is that current industry practice is that this is a contractual function and that contractualization of that job is the norm in the ASEAN,” he said.
“And to override the Security of Tenure requirement of EO 51, all that employers will have to say is that these workers in their plants, malls, fast-food chains, and plantations are now actually regular employees of their contractors,” added Corral.
With this, Corral said abandoned workers will, therefore, have to continue the fight in the Senate.