No Labor-version of E.O., no labor reps for the signing today
Which draft Executive Order (EO) is going to be signed by the President? Will the signing push through today, or we’re facing another postponement just because other drafts other than that of labor have been submitted by DOLE before the OP for the same consideration?
We see it tricky when the latter scenario is working against the EO momentum. In a news statement, Sec. Bello was quoted saying: “the more drafts the better for the President to have a better option.”
Our response to Secretary Bello: Unless and until it’s clear that it is the labor version that will be signed by the President, labor leaders under Nagkaisa will not attend any signing, tomorrow or on another date. Any other EO will not be a compromise version, it will be our compromised souls.
We keep on hearing that the DTI which represents the position of ECOP until the last minute when labor came up with its 5th draft, continue to oppose our version based on a discredited and unfounded claim of massive job loss. And we also suspect that the Labor Secretary submits to this farcical wisdom of DTI by not exclusively endorsing the labor draft before the OP.
We have gone too far and flexible in drafting a language that is consistent with existing laws yet remaining faithful to the interest of labor and to the pledge of the President to end contractualization. Thus, we will stick with our latest draft which contains this provision: “CONSISTENT WITH THE POLICY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, DIRECT HIRING SHALL BE THE GENERAL NORM IN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS.”
By opposing it, the DTI-ECOP is also sticking with its position to perpetually make this country a nation of endos or contractuals. These opposing positions, therefore, are irreconcilable. Hence, as we have repeatedly stated before, the buck now stops at the level of the President.
The President must decide now. Now is the time to take the side of labor.
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