More than half a million government employees are non-regulars who are classified under different names, suc as emergency-hired, memorandum-of-agreement (MOA) workers, job-order employees.
Their only demands are regularization on the job, immediate economic relief through a wage increase, and some benefits.
The longtime MRT3 contractual ticket sellers were replaced by new, lower-paid contractual workers, with lower salary grade levels.
“The FNU has been getting reports of LGU nurses experiencing harassment, intimidation and other forms of unfair, even inhuman practices, directly or indirectly related to political dynamics in their place of assignment.”
“The administration must have clear and concrete policies that would ban all contractual
employment schemes and force capitalists to respect workers’ rights to regular jobs.”
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.”
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.”