To gather and validate information on the practice of contractualization in the various industries in the country, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday said that the Department will conduct Focused Group Discussions on the Effective Implementation of the Law on Security of Tenure and Protection of Employees Under Legitimate Forms of Fixed Period Employment.
“Non-standard forms of employment or precarious work, as opposed to regular or permanent employment proliferate in the country. Assuring workers security of tenure and stability at work are major decent work challenges which the Department has to face,” said Bello.
The participants in the FGDs will be representatives from the employers and workers sector in industries where the practice of contractualization is prevalent. The DOLE’s Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) will act as the secretariat for the FGD. The FGD is scheduled from 6 to 29 September.
Bello said that the FGDs are aimed at gathering substantial inputs and recommendations which shall be taken into consideration in the review and reformulation of pertinent implementing rules and regulations of the Labor Code on fixed-term arrangements.
During the FGDs, the BLR will also list the issues and proposals which require legislative action.
Bello added that the FGD is in accordance with Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directives to involve the workers and employers in decision and policy making, especially on labor and employment issues and concerns.
“This is part of our efforts to reduce the number of establishments practicing ‘endo’ and labor-only contracting by 2016 and abolishing it by 2017,” said Bello.
He added that illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ are practices which constitute labor-only contracting or other similar arrangements where the duration of employment is fixed for a short period for purposes of circumventing workers’ rights to security of tenure, self-organization and collective bargaining, labor standards, and other basic workers’ rights.
The abolishment of “endo” practice by 2017 is included in the Eight-Point Labor and Employment Agenda of Secretary Bello.
“DOLE is committed to strictly and equitably implement the law on security of tenure, and will use the full extent of its regulatory and enforcement power to stop or prevent practices that circumvent it, especially practices like labor-only contracting,” Bello said.