As Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello releases the recently signed department order on contractualization today, the youth group Anakbayan said President Duterte should be made answerable for the failure to junk the said anti-worker scheme.

“With the signing of this new order legitimizing the persistence of various contractual employment schemes, it becomes clear that Duterte contrary to his campaign promise has no real intention to junk all forms of contractualization,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.

The youth group, which has members from among youth workers and young professionals, said Duterte’s “win-win solution” approach only maintains various contractual scheme that denies workers benefits, job security, and their right to organize, to form unions, and launch strikes.

“By maintaining contractualization, Duterte’s pro-people and anti-oligarchy rhetoric is exposed was pure deception,” said Crisostomo who slammed Duterte’s siding with big business and oligarchic interests as represented by Employers Confederation of the Philippines and Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors.

“Apart from continuing contractualization, the Duterte government has also shot down proposals for a national minimum wage. Meanwhile, workers, unions, and activists fighting for labor rights are targeted by the government’s repressive war on drugs and all-out war,” said Crisostomo.

The youth group will join workers in a big protest tomorrow, March 17, from DOLE to Mendiola to hold Duterte accountable for its failure to junk contractualization and to call for the implementation of a national industrialization program that will provide employment in the country with decent wages and working conditions.

Anakbayan called for the immediate junking of all laws legitimizing contractualization and demanded its criminalization. The group is also pushing for a national minimum wage of P750 a day for workers in the private sector and P16,000 a month for public sector employees.

 

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