THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental will no longer have contractual workers starting next year.
“This is because they will be re-titled as casual employees,” Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr. said Wednesday, December 27.
Escalante, chairman of Provincial Board committee on appropriations, budget, finance, ways and means, clarified that no Capitol worker will be terminated in 2018.
Escalante said the development is part of the new directive of the Civil Service Commission.
“They won’t be downgraded to casual workers, it’s just a re-titling,” he added.
The about 1,000 contractual employees will still receive the same benefits even if they will be “re-titled” as casual workers, Escalante said, adding that they have the same salary grade and work load.
Renelo Lastierre, president of Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees, said they have yet to receive an official communication about the matter, but assured his fellow members that the union will do its role in protecting the workers’ rights in accordance with the law.
“By law, the security of tenure for contractuals is governed by a contract which is renewable every year. The difference between contractuals and casual employees is that contractual employees do not necessarily be in a plantilla position while a casual, I believe must be in a plantilla item. Thus, both do not enjoy the same security of tenure than regular employees so to speak,” he explained.
He added that the union believes the provincial government will always respect the employees’ rights.