“President Duterte’s ‘compromise’ means that he wants workers to be exploited indefinitely; and that we could never accept.”
These are just some examples readily provided by one labor organization.
Change for the families of working people seems to be getting farther rather than nearer: 2017 began with government declarations of intention to raise various taxes and workers contributions such as oil excise tax, beverage tax, SSS, among others.
The KMU asked the government to infuse its anti-contractualization efforts with an aim of promoting regular employment.
The longtime MRT3 contractual ticket sellers were replaced by new, lower-paid contractual workers, with lower salary grade levels.
“The administration must have clear and concrete policies that would ban all contractual
employment schemes and force capitalists to respect workers’ rights to regular jobs.”
Before being given their end of contract (Endo) last June, the 50 ticket sellers who were dismissed and the 70 who were renewed but on shorter period were regularly being signed up for six-month work contracts by the MRT Corporation.
“President Duterte’s order is clear, and we are going to implement that [ending contractualization] with Usec Joel Maglunsod.”- Labor Sec. Sylvester Bello III