The Bukluran ng Manggawang Piipino (BMP) declared that they strongly reject any compromise on the issue of contractual work after the president confessed last Monday that, “Don’t make it hard for them to run the business the way they like it because that’s their money. So something of a compromise must be, maybe, acceptable to everybody”.
"This President rode on the promise of ending "endo" during his campaign portraying himself to be a champion of the masses, he boasted of accomplishing it in just a week upon his assumption, and "dribbled" it for almost two years and now he says it can't be done because he has to balance labor's demand with the interests of business. Duterte's hypocrisy is revolting. His proposal to compromise is an utter sell-out," exclaimed Luke Espiritu, president of BMP.
He added that, “A compromise could only mean that Duterte wants us to fold our banners, retreat back to our factories and accept the wholesale violation of our rights. We refuse to accept to be condemned to a lifetime of abject poverty and live eternally at the mercy of ruthless employers. We will not settle, our demands are just and legitimate”.
With two weeks left before his self imposed deadline on the issuance of an Executive Order (EO), the BMP allege that “the president could no longer control himself in expressing his loyalty to capitalists at the expense of millions who have fallen victim to the most abusive work arrangements.
They believe that the anticipated EO from the Palace will not fix the flaws of the Department Order 174 but will strengthen the abusive tripartite work arrangements already enacted by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello.
The DO 174 issued last year, has been stringently opposed by all labor groups. They claim that workers are worse off because it not deprived them of their right to security of tenure but it also legitimized tripartite work arrangements facilitated by predatory manpower agencies and shielded primary employers from any liability.
Replying to Duterte’s basis for compromise, the labor leader argued that, “To begin with, it is not the capitalists’ money that is circulating that make their businesses ever expanding. Their “capital” was extracted from the labor power of their employees and subjecting them to abusive schemes to keep their wages dirt cheap.
“Cheap contractual labor is precisely the very reason why the capitalists have all the capital when those who labored day in and out remain shackled to poverty,” he disclosed
BMP insisted that the president is even mistaken when he said that he seeks a compromise on the issue of contractualization. A compromise, they say, is a settlement of a dispute with both sides making concessions.
Espiritu explained, “In Duterte’s compromised EO, labor would not gain any concessions. It is our rights that have been violated not the capitalists’. We are the aggrieved party; we achieve nothing with a compromise. Social justice is what we seek, not more justification for the unabated wholesale violations of our rights”.
BMP likewise called on all labor groups and the unorganized workers to reject the compromise proposal the Palace is peddling and prepare to fight tooth and nail for every job in all business establishments.#
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