Credit to Author: BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO| Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 09:55:48 +0000
VOTING 15-0-0, the Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the proposed Security of Tenure Act or End Endo Bill prohibiting labor-only contracting.
Sen. Joel Villanueva, chairman of the Committee on Labor and sponsor and author of the measure, said that Senate Bill (SB) 1826 aimed to “clarify ambiguities in existing laws that have allowed employers to tiptoe around the ban.”
“We longed for this day to come, especially our workers who have suffered because of the evils of endo, a practice which corrupts the dignity of labor,” said Villanueva.
“We want to give all workers peace of mind when it comes to their employment status, that no worker can be dismissed without just or authorized cause, and due process,” he said.
The Senate finished putting amendments to SB 1826 on Wednesday and eventually passed the measure on second reading. Since it was a priority measure of President Rodrigo Duterte, the senators proceeded to approve it on third and final reading.
“The next phase of our struggle for the security of tenure bill is in the bicam. We are determined to pursue this, especially that this measure has been certified urgent by the President,” Villanueva said.
Under SB 1826, labor-only contracting exists when any of the following instances occur: The job contractor merely supplies, recruits, and places workers on a contract; the workers supplied to a contractee perform tasks/activities that are listed by the industry to be directly related to the core business of the contractee; and the contractee has direct control and supervision of the workers supplied by the contractor.
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