MANILA - A party-list lawmaker hit Malacañang on Tuesday for passing the blame on the continuing practice of contractualization to Congress and claiming that it is powerless in banning this scheme once and for all.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said the Palace could have supported a true anti-contractualization bill instead of the Security of Tenure Bill, which he believes will only lead to a systematic and mass termination of workers.
"If Malacañang is indeed sincere in eradicating contractualization in the Philippines then it should have supported a true anti-contractualization bill instead of the compromised, thus, pseudo Security of Tenure Bill," he said.
Last January, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the bill that seeks to strengthen the security of tenure of employees in the private sector by prohibiting labor-only contracting and "endo" or the end-of-contract practice.
The bill seeks to amend several provisions of President Decree No. 442 or the Labor Code of the Philippines, particularly Article 106 entitled "Contractor."
The proposed amendment will mandate that whenever an employer enters into a contract with a person for the performance of the former's work, the employees of the contractor shall be paid in accordance with the Labor Code and other laws.
"As it is now, it appears that Malacañang is only posturing and taking our workers for a ride. The little concessions the House SOT bill gives to labor will be dwarfed by the legitimization and expected proliferation of job contractors and job contracting schemes and the deletion of performing desirable and necessary jobs in the definition of regular employment," Zarate said.