Bello: Endo has ended

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello has clarified that the practice of ‘endo’ or end of contract among companies in the country has already stopped even as he dispelled allegations by workers groups that contractualization remains a problem in the current regime.

The organized labor groups are taking Bello to task after they noticed that President Duterte’s has failed to directly address the issue in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July.

“The President has already fulfilled his promise of ending “illegal contractualization”. So endo has stopped, because the President has already told employers and managers to stop,” Bello said.

Bello also cited that ending contractualization outright is not possible because there is a law that allows employers to get contractual workers.

“The DOLE does not recommend ending contractualization as a practice. The Department, however, fervently believes that its abuse should be stopped and be meted with stricter or stiffer penalties, which can be made possible through legislation. Contractualization should not be allowed under abusive terms such as in labor-only contracting, which as defined in the Department Order No. 174, series of 2017,” he added. 

He said they have corrected this practice in some big companies, such as in the country’s leading chain of supermalls, “where we asked the management to regularize their salesladies, for instance, because the salesgirls are necessary workers in the malls”.

 

Labor groups’ fear

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Chairman Elmer C. Labog however was not convinced noting that Duterte has failed to mention the issue in his SONA.

“I don’t find any concrete and substantial commitment with regard to labor issues and other important issues of the masses. The President’s Sona is not for the common people,” The KMU also believes that the President will not be able to deliver his promise on ending contractualization.

Meanwhile, Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) spokesman Alan A. Tanjusay said they are still hoping for the issuance of an executive order (EO) banning contractualization as a mode of employment, stating that they still expecting to end contractualization just as what he promised.

“We are willing to give him the time he said he would need in delivering the promises he made to the Filipino people, but how long are we going to wait? Until when will the workers have to hope in him?” Tanjusay said. (Mico Agustin)

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