Junking of pro-contractualization DO 18-A sought
Over a thousand workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno trooped to the Department of Labor and Employment office to present the labor sector’s proposals on how to end contractualization in a protest-dialogue with Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod.
“We welcome the labor department’s efforts to minimize the rampant contractualization in the country. However, workers are pushing for more concrete and decisive measures that the DOLE can take to totally end all forms of contractual employment schemes,” said KMU chairperson Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog.
KMU particularly demanded the junking of the DOLE Department order 18-A series of 2011 which has institutionalized contractualization by setting guidelines that teaches employers how to circumvent labor laws and legalize their contractual employment schemes.
“The DO 18-A must be junked. It has institutionalized contractualization by teaching employers how to bend our laws and violate workers’ rights to legalize their contractual employment schemes. Since its implementation, contractualization has become more rampant and the number of temporary contractual workers drastically increased,” Labog said.
The labor leader claimed that since the implementation of the DO 18-A in 2011, contractualization has become more rampant citing independent think-tank IBON foundation estimates that four out of ten (43.5%) of rank-and-file workers are now hired under various contractual employment schemes.
KMU meanwhile insisted that the government’s anti-contractualization efforts must aim to promote regular employment by ending all forms of labor contractualization as all contractual employment schemes violates workers’ rights.
“There must be no distinction between Labor-Only Contracting and Job Contracting. Both must be outlawed. All forms of contractual employment schemes denies workers’ their basic rights and tramples their dignity as human beings. Contractualization, whether employed in legal or illegal schemes, subject workers to worst forms of labor exploitation.” Labog stressed.
The labor leader also urged the Duterte administration to order the “super-majority” in Congress to certify as urgent the House Bill 556 or the Regular Employment Bill filed by Anakpawis Partylist that would amend the Labor Code and junk its Article 106-109 which has legalized contractualization.
The dialogue between Maglunsod and labor leaders also tackled other workers’ issues such as the implementation of a National Minimum Wage of P750, the urgent resolution of labor cases, junking of the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) policy and the restrictive requirements on Workers’ Organization and Development Program (WODP), and the repression and militarization of workers’ strikes.
“There are many issues that the administration and workers can work together with. But first the DOLE must distinguish itself from previous pro-capitalist administrations by promoting clear and concrete pro-worker policies. Once these policy are set, working together can easily follow.” Labog said.