The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has intensified its campaign against illegal forms of contracting and sub-contracting and assured the public that more workers will be regularized with the implementation of Department Order 174.
Labor Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod made the statement following a dialogue with the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and other labor groups who picketed the DOLE offices in Manila.
“The labor department is hearing your concerns. We also need your help. Let us all unite, continue fighting for your rights and report to us those companies and employers who violate and continue to implement illegal contractualization in the workplaces,” Maglunsod said.
Maglunsod also stressed that DOLE has intensified its efforts in conducting Special Assessment and Visit to Establishments (SAVE) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) inspections on various companies and employers in the country to ensure that they comply with the new department order.
“All efforts are being done. Our attached agencies such as the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), and others are all taking part on this initiative to provide our workers with secure and healthy jobs,” Maglunsod added.
He further stated that as of April 20, 2017, around 47,000 workers have already been regularized by their principal or employers.
“DOLE will make sure that companies and employers nationwide will strictly abide by the labor standards most especially in regularizing their employees. On top of that, workers should also be entitled to proper wages and benefits under the law,” the Undersecretary reiterated.
Maglunsod is set to have a formal dialogue with various labor groups and workers who have complaints against their employers on issues of contractualization, illegal dismissal, and other violations on the general labor standards.