“The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) must draw the line between appeasing big businesses like SIDC and responding to the needs of the workers.”
“There must be no distinction between Labor-Only Contracting and Job Contracting. Both must be declared illegal.”
All of the workers fired are contractuals. They hail from Didipio and adjacent villages (barangays), where Oceana Gold and its contractors are supposed to get majority of its employees.
“Dee is sticking with their lie that increasing wages would result in job losses while denying the fact that a significant wage hike, through the National Minimum Wage of P750, would only be a 30 percent decrease in their profits as per independent think-tank IBON Foundation’s research. This still leaves them with 70 percent of clean profits to pocket.”
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.