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What Duterte must do for workers

First published in Philippine Daily Inquirer on 27 May 2016

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte said he will stop labor contractualization in this country. He said he doesn’t want companies firing workers after five months to avoid giving them the right wages and benefits.

We commend Duterte’s resolve to end the practice of contractualization, which has long deprived workers not only of just wages and rights, but also of their dignity as human beings.

Seven out of 10 Filipino workers are holding precarious jobs. We count on Duterte’s promise to provide Filipino workers security of tenure by repealing laws that legalize this practice and thereafter hold accountable employers making use it….

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