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Workers ask PNoy to act on contractualization
on Labor Day

May 1, 2012

Workers lambasted labor contractualization anew on Labor Day as it had brunch with President Noynoy Aquino at Malacañang.

“Your excellency, kami po ay nababahala sa laganap na kontraktwalisasyon ng paggawa” (“Your Excellency, we are concerned over rampant labor contractualization”), said Atty. Sonny Matula, National President of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW).

Contractualization of jobs is generally referred to as the practice of employers of engaging workers to five-month contracts to avoid regularizing them.

“it is a blatant disrespect with alacrity of workers’ constitutional right to security of tenure in workplaces,” said Matula, who spoke in behalf of labor as trade unions broke bread with the President of the Republic on Labor Day morning.

Matula expressed alarm over the Office of the President’s decision to uphold the outsourcing plan of the profitable Philippine Airlines that led to the dismissal of thousands of workers, saying that this has paved the way for even more labor contractualization.

“In Mindanao, unionists who perform regular work were fired by San Roque Metals Mining Company in Tubay, Agusan Del Norte,” said Matula. “They were replaced by 900 contractual workers of Asiapro, a manpower cooperative,” said Matula, who compared the actions of the mining company to PAL.

Matula, one of the co-convenors of NAGKAISA!, a new broad labor alliance, asserts that employers use labor contractualization “to deprive workers the correct wages and benefits due them for all the hard work they put in.”

Labor is asking PNoy to certify as urgent House Bill 4853, the Consolidated Version of the Security of Tenure Bill.

Labor and Employment Plan

Meanwhile, Matula expressed support for the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan, the Labor Department’s blueprint for the creation of one million decent and productive employment per year.

Matula stressed the need for pump priming, noting how government cut so much on spending, it failed to infuse life into the economy. He played on the presidents anti-corruption drive, matuwid na daan.

“Sana ay hwag po nating kaligtaan na sa matuwid na daan, kailangan din nating gumawa ng mga daan, tulad ng farm-to-market roads, ng imprastraktura para sa patubig, ng mga pabahay para sa mahihirap, na sa proseso ay maglilikha rin ng trabaho,” he said. (“I hope we don’t forget that choosing the right path, also means building roads, like farm-to-market roads, infrastructure for water, housing for the poor, which in the process, will also create jobs”)

Matula also asked for the review and amendment of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) and the Oil Deregulation Law so as to make the costs of basic commodities and utilities affordable.

Labor also pressed for the immediate ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and the passage of the Magna Carta of Domestic Workers.

Matula hoped that labor could regularly dialogue with the President. He said that labor humbly holds the honor of being called the “boss” of the President.

 


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 Workers ask PNoy to act on contractualization on Labor Day
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, together with Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., pays attention to the issues presented by Federation of Free Workers (FFW) President Atty. Jose Sonny Matula during the Tripartite Dialogue and Labor Day Breakfast with the Labor Leaders at the Heroes Hall, Malacanang Tuesday May 01, 2012.

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