Labor groups are up in arms after Duterte refused to sign an executive order aiming to end the practice of perpetual contractualization, colloquially refer to as “Endo,” by employers.
In an interview with DZRH, Kilusang Mayo Uno National Chairman Elmer Labog said ending contractualization and increasing the daily minimum wage to Php 750 are the two key issues that will be focus of the Labor Day Rally tomorrow, May 1.
“The President is fully able to address this important issues, so why is it that the President is not able to address this important issue for workers?” Labog said.
” Kaya naman panindigan ni President Duterte kaya bakit pa kelangan na yung isa sa mahalgang issue sa mga mangagawa eh biglang hindi na mapapanindigan?”
Labog also said that in addition to increasing the the daily minimum wage to Php 750, the government should put a stop to the current “regionalized” and “ladderized” minimum wage system wherein the minimum wages in provinces are lower than that in the National Capital Region.
Labog added that contractualization and low wages compound the suffering of the working class who have to endure the rising prices of basic commodities and services because of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law initiated by the Duterte administration.