MANILA -- A militant group urged President Benigno Aquino III to ban outsourcing and contractualization of jobs as workers eagerly await the Palace's "good news" on Labor Day.

The Philippine Airlines Employees' Association (Palea) said Aquino must personally give his take on the issue of contractualization following his office's move to approve the layoff of 2,600 airline workers last month.

"Aquino cannot stay silent anymore and it is high time that he say to the PAL employees if he favors the straight road of regular jobs or the crooked path of contractualization," said union president Gerry Rivera.

The case is now on appeal before the Office of the President as the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) tries to seek a middle ground between parties.

On Friday, Palea and the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) will lead a workers caravan in Cavite to highlight the call against labor ea contractualization.

"We want to bring the good news of the campaign against contractualization to the export zone workers, many of whom are themselves contractual employees rather than regular workers. This is also part of our initiative to seek the support of the public on the planned strike at PAL to force management to accede to our demands," said Rivera.

PM will also lead Labor Day protests in Mendiola near Malacañang, Cebu City, Davao City, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, General Santos City, Iligan City and Dipolog City. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)