By Leslie Aquino
Various labor groups and trade union centers on Monday called for an end to contractualization anew.
Workers issued the call on the day the nation observed National Heroes Day.
The Kilusang Mayo Uno, NAGKAISA! and Paggawa lamented how the workers long demand for an end to contractualization have fallen on deaf ears.
“The Filipino worker has consistently asserted in its decades-long struggle for better working conditions to do away with all forms of contractualization,” the groups said in a statement.
“However, their demands have fallen on deaf ears,” it further read.
Labor groups said President Duterte unequivocally refused to fulfill his promise to end contractualization and improve the conditions of the working class when he vetoed an already watered-down security of tenure bill last July 26, 2019.
“Three years into his term as president and no such change has come: wages remain low, working conditions remain inhumane, and contractualization remains rampant,” the groups said.
More than simply hesitating to enforce his political will to act against the interests of capital, the groups said Duterte has turned his back on the Filipino worker by pandering to capitalists at the expense of labor.
“His veto message on the SOT Bill contained his marching orders for DOLE and the Philippine Congress: remove all restrictions to management’s desire for contractual labor!” read their statement.
“By choosing to uphold the ‘security of capital’ over security of tenure, not only does Duterte ignore the fact that workers contribute much more to the success and productivity of the Philippine economy than employers, he has also laid bare his real intention to crush organized labor and tighten the chains of the working class,” it further read.
“Thus, when workers are being attacked by the President and his administration, they will take to the streets and resist!” the statement read.
Under the banner of United Workers, workers and their allies in other sectors marched to Mendiola, Manila to assert their demands to end contractualization and stop attacks on workers.