Duterte-Cayetano: we have the political will and plan to end labor contractualization
Only the Duterte-Cayetano tandem has the political will and the plan to put an end to the rampant practice of labor contractualization in the country, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano assured on Saturday, a day before the country observes the International Labor Day.
“While the other candidates in the upcoming polls continue to make empty promises, Mayor Duterte and I will just do it, we will get things done to create real changes for the Filipino workers,” Cayetano said.
3-point plan to phase out contractual jobs
The senator said that if elected, he and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, will push for a 3-point solution to phase out contractualization, where companies hire workers on a six-month basis and then refuse to renew their contracts to evade regularization of jobs and giving additional benefits to workers, including the state-mandated 13th month pay.
Executive order vs. contractualization
First, immediately after assuming office, the tandem plans to issue an Executive Order to strictly prohibit the practice of labor-only contracting, which they said robs many employees of their right to regular jobs and prevents them from developing proper skill sets.
Security of tenure
Second, Duterte and Cayetano will certify as urgent a bill ensuring Filipino workers’ security of tenure as well as strengthening the prohibition on contractualization.
Stricter penalties for violators
Third, Cayetano said stricter penalties will also be imposed against principal companies and contractors that will practice labor-only contracting policy, which is prohibited under the Labor Code but is routinely being violated by many businesses.
“Under a Duterte-Cayetano leadership, ordinary Filipino workers will be provided with better working conditions. They will be treated with respect and dignity. We will put an end to the cycle of disorder caused by the government’s continuous neglect on their plight,” Cayetano said.
“We will get the job done. We will just do it for the Filipino working class,” Cayetano added.