Labor groups lose hope on 'endo' EO

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17) — For some labor groups, hope is lost for an Executive Order (EO) to stop all forms of contractualization or short-term, unprotected temporary work, commonly called Endo.

With the postponement of the supposed signing of the EO at least twice this year, Alyansa ng mga Manggagawa Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon (ALMA Kontraktwal) said this is a sign the government is stalling.

"Nakailang beses nang nangako eh para aralin at siya mismo sinasabi niya na wawakasan niya pero sa totoong buhay ay wala naman siyang ginagawang aksyon bagkus linoloko ang mga manggagawa pinapaasa lang niya," ALMA Kontraktwal Maristel Garcia said.

While the ALMA Kontraktwal said President Rodrigo Duterte will not deliver on his campaign promise, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the EO is still in play.

He made the statement on Monday, when the president was supposed to meet with labor leaders but canceled.

"The president is rather restive about this EO, he has mentioned to me that this is a campaign promise that he wants to deliver to the people very soon," Roque said.

However, Duterte himself admitted he may not be able to give what labor groups want, stressing that a compromise is needed.

Kilusang Mayo Uno insisted workers will not compromise on contractualization.

"Hindi namin ine-entertain ang anumang kompromiso ang hinihingi pa sa amin ng gobyerno sapagkat ilang dekada nang nakompromiso ang manggagawa ng maraming administrasyon hanggang sa kasalukuyang administrasyon, i-kokompromiso parin ba ang manggagawang Pilipino," said KMU Metro Manila chair Ed Cubelo.

Employers, meanwhile, said there should be no compromise because there is nothing to compromise.

According to the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, there is no need for an EO on contractualization as workers' concers are already addressed through Department Order 174 of the Labor Department.

The department order imposes stricter regulations on labor contracting arrangements but still allows some form of contractual work.