President Duterte is set to break the impasse on the conflicting positions of labor and employers on contractualization when he meets with leaders of organized labor next week, Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said yesterday.

In a dialogue with leaders of labor councils, organizations, and federations, Maglunsod said that Pres. Duterte will meet with labor leaders on February 27 in Malacanang to break the deadlock on the issue of contractualization.

During the dialogue, Maglunsod asked the labor groups to consolidate their positions and recommendations based on the Labor Summit held in October 2016.

“The ball is now in the hands of organized labor. You have to prepare only one position, so that the President will know that the labor groups are united and one in their recommendation,” said Maglunsod.

According to Maglunsod, who is also the DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Relations, the labor groups will meet on February 22, Wednesday, to consolidate and finalize the issues and recommendations which they will present to Pres. Duterte.

Aside from the primary issue of contractualization, lanor groups also intend to discuss with the President the closure of the 23 mining companies; national minimum wage; representation of labor groups in tripartite bodies; and the ratification of ILO Convention 151, or the Labor Relations (Public Service) Convention.

The labor groups which attended the dialogue were representatives of Kilusang Mayo Uno, NCL-Nagkaisa, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), PALEA-TUCP, Philippine Trade and General Workers’ Organization (PTGWO), Federation of Free Workers, Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines, Progresibong Mangagawa-NAGKAKAISA, Alliance of Workers in Informal Economy, TUCP-Obrero, National Labor Union, Lakas Mangagagwa Labor Center, DAWN-TUCP, Philippine Association of Free Labor Union, Association of Genuine Labor Organizations, National Union of Bank Employees, And National Federation of Labor Unions.

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