DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III has called on the agency's regional directors to initiate the monitoring of companies to determine the number of contractual workers in accordance with President Duterte’s promise to end contractualization in the country.
This, according to Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao (KMU-SMR) secretary-general Carlo Olalo in an interview on Monday at SM City Ecoland.
As Duterte is set to give his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 25, Olalo said they will convey their “Mindanao Peoples Agenda” which was finalized last June 28 during a rally caravan dubbed as Manilakbayan.
During the caravan, Olalo will also push for a stop to contractualization and implementation of the minimum wage.
"Ang unang duso jud sa Kilusang Mayo Uno kato man gayud tong programa ni President Rodrigo Duterte nga walaon ang contractualization ug ang pagduso gayud sa agenda sa mga trabahante katong pagtukod gayud ug nasugdo nga mga industriya dinhi sa nasod sa pilipinas aron maka mugna kini og daghang trabaho (The Kilusang Mayo Uno is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to implement programs that will end contractualization and push the agenda of the workers to establish industries in the Philippines to create job opportunities)," Olalo said.
"Our call now is to bring back the national minimum wage which means eliminating the regionalized minimum wage. There should be one particular minimum wage that a worker must receive," he added.
KMU is pushing for 750 daily for private sector employee due to increasing prices of commodities. Olalo emphasized that the current minimum wage is not enough to sustain the needs of an ordinary worker. (JCR)