Labor groups welcome refiling of anti-endo bill

Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2019 05:39 PM

MANILA - Labor groups on Monday welcomed the government's move to revisit the Security of Tenure Bill after President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the measure.

Senator Joel Villanueva refiled another version of the bill on Monday, while Labor officials said they would propose a new version of the measure seen as ending the practice of endo.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said it would refile the bill in the House of Representatives. TUCP also saidthat the vetoed bill already had enough provisions to balance the interests of workers and employers. 

"The SOT (security of tenure) Bill, once enforced, gives management prerogative to hire contractual and outsource seasonal workers," TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said in a statement. 

The bill would also mandate the creation of tripartite councils per industry which would fairly determine which services are directly related to a business and therefore should have security of tenure, Tanjusay said. 

The group also urged President Duterte to again certify the bill as urgent. 

"What the President needs to do now is to, again, certify the SOT Bill as urgent so that he would be able to fulfill his promise to workers to end Endo." 

Another labor group, Sentro ng Nagkakaisa At Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) said a new version of the bill should ban fixed-term employment.

"Revisiting the SOT should start from the perspective that direct hiring should be the norm and fixed-term employment should be prohibited," SENTRO said in a statement. 

Employers groups have opposed the security of tenure bill, warning that many companies would be forced to stop hiring if it was signed.