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[Statement] Rules Allowing Agency Hiring Rejected Anew by Workers Groups -NAGKAISA

Rules Allowing Agency Hiring Rejected Anew by Workers Groups

The anticipated new Department Order (D.O.) on endo is finally out for issuance today. But rejection can only be the immediate response of organized labor for the kind of rules that speak about prohibiting contractualization but ends up allowing agency hiring in many forms.

The Labor Secretary has ignored the overwhelming demand of trade unions and workers’ associations to prohibit contractualization since the previous administrations and which the groups continue to articulate in all official consultative processes called for by the DOLE and national tripartite conferences from the beginning of the Duterte Administration.

The President then was very clear: “Ayoko sa agency agency, wala na dapat itong agency agency,” declared the President during the labor dialogue last February 27. The labor movement, likewise, was very insistent: The current policy is a failure, thus, the government must now shift to prohibition.

Workers were demanding prohibition on contractualization based on the following grounds:

The current policy of “allow then regulate” has failed the workers and this nation. A country of endos is a nation of poor, violated, and voiceless people.

It is immoral as it allows employers to save on labor cost and avoid having direct responsibility to their workers while their middlemen (agencies and cooperatives) earn profit from the same exploitative trading transaction.

It is anti-labor because it violates all the fundamental rights of labor.

It is anti-development as it exacerbates poverty and deepens inequality in our country.

By ensuring continuity and stability of agency hiring, the new D.O. will never put an end but rather perpetuate the epidemic of contractualization.

1. It prohibits labor-only-contracting (LOC) and the cabo system which is already prohibited by law anyway;

2. While it prohibits the contractualization of jobs directly related to main business and subject to control of principal, interpretation disputes shall mean expensive an wearisome litigations in DOLE, NLRC and the courts;

3. Only in-house agencies and labor cooperatives are not allowed to operate. Independent contractors are permitted;

4. The DO opens floodgates to agencies to set up shops. This will enhance cutthroat competition among contractors bidding down salaries and benefits of their employees;

5. The more contractuals the country will have, the harder to monitor and regulate. DOLE’s inspection capacity is a chronic problem that also has to be addressed.

It is still a sad day for workers. But the struggle continues. It’s time for a full court press and nationwide actions. We thus demand that Pres. Duterte issue an Executive Order in place of this bad order and certify as an urgent measure HB4444 that seeks the prohibition of contractualization and the criminalization of such offense.

16 March 2017
Contact: Ka Rene Magtubo, Spokesperson

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[Event] Run Against Contractual Employment R.A.C.E. – Alliance of Progressive Labor

Run Against Contractual Employment R.A.C.E.

WHAT: THE R.A.C.E. Run Against Contractual Employment
WHEN: May 14, 2011
WHERE: Diosdado Macapagal H-Way, Pasay City

R.A.C.E. Run Against Contractual Employment is an advocacy campaign to gather supporters and to raise awareness against contractual employment. On May 14, 2011, we are encouraging everyone to join the first fun run against contractualization.

Invite your family and friends to join R.A.C.E. to SECURE JOBS and to SECURE LIVES!

1. Register
2. Pay via deposit thru our BPI account
3. Print waiver and confirmation


Only participants 15 years old and above may join provided registration fee is paid.
Thirty (30) minutes before the gun start the event, organizers shall ask all the participants to assemble at the start line for the announcement of rules and for warm up exercises.

The 5k and 3k starts at 5:40 a.m. promptly.

Participants may register online or on-ground

If online: Payments should be made thru bank deposit. Only BPI banks are authorized to accept
payment. After payment, you may fax the deposit slip to 02-3321378 or scan and e-mail to race.2011@yahoo.com

BANK ACCOUNT NAME: APL Alliance of Progressive Labor

If on-ground: Registration booth will be available during the event day. At exactly 4:00 a.m. on ground registration will start and will end at exactly 5:15 a.m.

AND/OR you may visit APL office for registration and payment at 94 Sct. Delgado St. Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City.

COURIER SERVICE: Additional Php.85.00 for delivery
YOU MAY GO TO: No. 94 Sct Delgado St., Brgy Laging Handa, Quezon   City
ON GROUND:        May 14, 2011 @ Registration booth

Race Categories Fees: Inclusive of race number, singlet
3k Php 200.00
5k Php 270.00

Top three placers of each category will receive trophy
All participants will receive certificate of participation.

Please read agreement and print Waiver @ http://www.apl.org.ph/