ECOP: manufacturing exodus likely if EO outlaws ‘endo’


 Contractual jobs in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Employer Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) has expressed concerns about possible consequences once Malacañang releases the executive order on contractualization.

According to ECOP chairman Donald Dee, manufacturers may possibly move their operations to other countries.

“If we continue or if we listen to these out of this world proposal of labor, what we will see is an exodus of our manufacturing industry. Kasi hindi naman kami magsasara (We wouldn’t be closing our business). What we will do is, instead of working in the Philippines, we’ll work in the ASEAN countries,” the chairman said.

However, labor groups still hope that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the EO against contract labor before May 1, Labor Day.

Currently, the Palace is studying the three drafts of the proposal: the labor version, the business group’s version, and the labor department’s version.

The Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) believes that if the president will consolidate the three versions of the EO, their provisions will be included.

“Yung mga for example, ‘yung mga nasa hotel and restaurant industry, mag-iidentify sila ng mga jobs na pwedeng contractual and kung ano ‘yung mga jobs na hindi pwedeng contractual,” ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said.

(For example, the hotel and restaurant industry will identify jobs that can be contractual and jobs that cannot be contractual.)

The group had previously said their actions on Labor Day will depend uon the decision of the Palace. — UNTV News & Rescue

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