Duterte to meet labor groups

IN LINE with Labor Day celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte will have a dialogue on Monday with the different labor groups and grace the assembly with about 10,000 workers at People’s Park.

According to the statement of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), “the President, together with labor officials, will meet with trade union leaders from the national and local federations to discuss and address labor and employment issues and concerns.”

Mr. Duterte will also lead the Labor Day Assembly, also at People’s Park, which would serve as avenue for different labor and civil society organizations. There would be also a raffle including a house and lot from Pag-Ibig, 15 tricycle units from Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Employees’ Compensation Commission.

Alan Tanjusay, spokesperson of Associated Labor Unions (ALU), said in a text message that their five top officials would be joining in the closed door dialogue while at least 2,000 members of their group would attend the assembly.

“Our main agenda is: we urge the President to finally ban contractualization and address poverty of workers due to poor wages and short term contractual employment,” Tanjusay said.

The DOLE has now a directive to the companies to make the contractual employees become regular workers.

As of January, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the companies throughout the country have already regularized about 41,000 workers. This resulted from the agency’s policy requiring firms to end the practice of end-of-contract (endo) where a firm terminates the contract a month before an employee could be regularized.

With the agency’s policy, Bello said companies are now adhering to end the practice. “That’s the progress of our campaign for regularization,” he said.

Apart from the dialogues and Labor Day Assembly, there will be also jobs fair on May 1-2 at Gaisano Mall of Davao. As of April 22, DOLE XI reported that there are 4,567 job openings that would be offered by 59 local companies and 28 employers for overseas deployment.

The two-day event is dubbed “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Job and Business Fairs,” where the Department of Trade and Industry will also provide talks on starting a business.

“The 2017 Araw ng Paggawa is observed with the them ‘Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago,” DOLE said. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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