By Chito Chavez
Militant group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) has warned that bigger marches and protest actions are in the offing to condemn President Duterte’s veto of the Security of Tenure (SOT) bill that entrenches the exploitative labor-only contracting scheme.
On July 29, KMU members marched to Mendiola Bridge in Manila to protest the veto and added that by turning his back on his campaign promise to scrap the end of contract (ENDO) system, more and far bigger protests are being organized nationwide.
“Contractualization has subjected workers to decades of unfair treatment and gross rights violations. It is enraging how shamelessly Duterte exhibits his subservience to capitalists by defending his veto of the SOT Bill saying he only wants to be fair to big businesses, ” KMU secretary general Jerome Adonis said.
KMU also said that Duterte’s veto of the SOT Bill violates workers’ rights to have decent and comfortable lifestyles adding this “proves his administration has no interest of fulfilling its promise of ending contractualization’’.
Adonis claimed that under Duterte, the number of contractual workers in the private sector has exceeded 25 million or 60 percent of the total number of employees in the country.
The fight against contractualization paved the way for the country’s major labor centers to unite in protest in 2016 and the veto of the SOT Bill will only strengthen the broad labor alliance as more and more workers launch mass actions.
“Workers are fed-up with Duterte’s failed promises and anti-labor policies. His veto of the SOT Bill only gives workers more reason to unite and take the streets on August 26, for the annual National Heroes’ Day Workers’ March for regular jobs, national minimum wage and respect for labor and human rights,” Adonis concluded.