Their only demands are regularization on the job, immediate economic relief through a wage increase, and some benefits.
Category: Labor & Employment
Why would an iskolar ng bayan and UP graduate who could have opted to join the rat race and chased a relatively comfortable life embraced instead the risky, challenging life of an armed revolutionary?
Before being given their end of contract (Endo) last June, the 50 ticket sellers who were dismissed and the 70 who were renewed but on shorter period were regularly being signed up for six-month work contracts by the MRT Corporation.
Insecure job tenure perpetuates poverty and exploitation.
“DCMM agency does not exercise control over the performance of the work of the said employees. Neither does it own the products and the equipment used in production.”
“We are hopeful today that we can attain the change we have longed for.”
“Management has the capacity to grant the Union’s proposal. The issue now is the Management’s willingness to grant the rank-and-file employees’ reasonable and affordable package proposal.”
Many of the company’s longshoremen have worked for SIDC for 31 years but remained as non-regular workers.
“President Duterte’s order is clear, and we are going to implement that [ending contractualization] with Usec Joel Maglunsod.”- Labor Sec. Sylvester Bello III
The World Bank report noted that around three-quarters of all jobs and two-thirds of urban jobs in the Philippines are informal. Among wage workers, 6 out of 10 are hired informally, it said. “Informal wage workers lack employment contracts and social insurance, and are not protected against unfair dismissal.”
“We welcome Duterte’s vow to stop contractualization. We have yet to see him keep his promise.”