A WORKERS' organization has expressed opposition to the plan of the incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to rename the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
Renato Magtubo, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) chair, said that it was unacceptable for Dole to be renamed Department of Labor and Management in a bid to make employers feel more comfortable in doing business in the country.
"Renaming it to re-assure business of government protection is another way of portraying the agency as partisan against labor or of labor being a recalcitrant industrial partner condoned by government," said Magtubo.
Earlier this week, the country's business leaders converged in Lanang, Davao City to hold a two-day consultative conference with the economic team of Duterte.
It is also in the said conference where incoming Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello bared that the administration is thinking of renaming the department to Department of Labor and Management in a bid to make employers feel more comfortable in doing business in the country.
Magtubo, then, called on Bello to facilitate the holding of a labor summit between workers and the incoming Duterte administration.
"The new government has already met and made economic commitments with business CEOs in Davao. Now it’s time to hear the soldiers of industry who are the workers and laborers doing the actual production on the ground," said the labor leader.
"They need to sit down with different labor groups so he can hear the side of workers," said Magtubo. (HDT/Sunnex)