Palace studying security of tenure bill

Published July 22, 2019, 10:09 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The proposed measure strengthening the security of tenure for workers is still under study by President Duterte amid concerns about the welfare of both employers and employees.

President Rodrigo Duterte  (FILE PHOTO / TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Duterte
(FILE PHOTO / TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President said he intends to consult affected stakeholders about the security of tenure bill, admitting he was in “a catch-22” situation about the measure.

“Pinag-aralan namin mismo. I have to confer with a lot of people affected. You know this is two to tango ‘to so it would affect the employers and of course it will also greatly favor the workers,” he said in a press conferee after delivering his fourth SONA.

Asked if he would sign the measure into law, Duterte said: “Maybe it could go both.”

“I can veto it, I can sign it or allow it to lapse into law,” he added.

The security of tenure bill that seeks to eliminate the abusive practice of labor-only contracting has been submitted to the President’s office after it was passed by the two houses of Congress last June. It will lapse into law on July 27 if the President will not act on it.

Several business groups recently appealed to the President to veto the measure saying it might harm job generation. They claimed that there are existing laws protecting workers from illegal contractual employment.

Endo or end of contract is a controversial practice of hiring of workers for not more than six months, depriving them of benefits given to regular workers as mandated by law.

In his SONA last year, the President asked Congress to pass a bill “ending the practice of contractualization once and for all.” He said the executive branch has pursued a campaign to stop illegal contractual practices in work places but admitted his hands were tied in eradicating contractualization.

“Read my lips, I understand that this does not satisfy all sectors. I share their sentiment; I truly do. Much as I would like to do the impossible, that power is not vested upon me by the Constitution,” he said.

 
CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP
 

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

["news"]
[2138526,2814292,2534630,2485825,2408462,2358243,2358052,2344118,2339143,2047660,1998697,996820,995332,995948,995006,994327,994303,993947,993860,993770,993529,993383,993285,798318,2911347,2911337,2911331,2911334,2911340,2911328]