Labor organizations declare Sen. Bam as workers’ ally, back his candidacy

Various labor organizations have declared full support behind re-electionist Sen. Bam Aquino, calling him an ally and defender of workers’ welfare in the Senate.

Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO), Anakpawis and Confederation for Unity Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), which represent workers from public and private sectors, all committed to back Sen. Bam’s bid for a second term in the Senate.

According to SENTRO secretary general Josua Mata, Sen. Bam is reliable partner when it comes to welfare of workers and other labor issues in the Senate.

“Noon pa man, tumutulong na si Sen. Bam sa mga isyung may kinalaman sa ating mga manggagawa at sa sektor ng transportasyon,” Mata said during the group’s 7th general assembly where it expressed support for Sen. Bam.

Before filing his Senate Bill No. 174 or the Security of Tenure Bill, Sen. Bam worked closely with SENTRO in crafting the legislation that aims to end the practice of contractualization in the country.

If he wins a second term, Sen. Bam promised to push for the passage of the Security of Tenure Bill and other labor-related measures.

“Dapat sa 18th Congress, maipasa na ang Security of Tenure Bill. Na-file na po natin ang panukalang ito noong June 2016,” said Sen. Bam, a co-author and co-sponsor of the Security of Tenure Bill.

Sen. Bam also committed to work for the passage of his Trabaho Center Bill, which aims to solve the problem of jobs mismatch and high unemployment rate in the country.

Sen. Bam’s measure seeks to establish Trabaho Centers or job placement offices in public high schools and state universities and colleges (SUCs). The Trabaho Center will provide services such as Industry matching, career counseling, and employment facilitation.

According to Sen. Bam, the Trabaho Center Bill is the next best necessary reform after the Free College Law, which he pushed as principal sponsor during his time as chairman of the Committee on Education.

Bam seeks to stop ‘Endo’

In a move to strengthen the rights of workers and promote security of tenure, a senator filed a measure that seeks to end the unjust “Endo” (end contract) practice in the country.

 On Thursday, Sen. Bam Aquino filed the End Endo Act, amending Sections 106 to 109 of the Presidential Decree No. 442 or the Labor Code of the Philippines.

 It will put a stop to fixed term employment or hiring of workers based on a limited and fixed period without regularization so more Filipinos are assured of job security and steady compensation.

 Employers are also limited from contracting or subcontracting more than 20 percent of their total workforce.

 The End Endo Act will further professionalize the service contracting industry by prohibiting labor-only contracting and establishing industry standards.

 It will also guarantee contracted workers of reasonable compensation even in between assignments through a Transition Support Program.

 “If approved, tapos na ang nakasanayang 50 o 100 percent ng workforce ay contracted o subcontracted,” said Sen. Bam.

 In addition, the measure requires the mandatory posting of bond that will serve as a safeguard for the employee’s claims in case of violation by the contractor or subcontractor.

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