20 million contractuals in govt, private sectors


The country’s biggest coalition of labor groups on Tuesday said labor contractualization brought up by Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. the other day was “extremely condemnable,” citing 20 million who have fallen victim to the malpractice.

The coalition Nagkaisa’s Sonny Matula, a lawyer, said the “5-5-5” labor contract was already declared illegal by the Supreme Court in the case of Purefoods vs National Labor Relations Commission in 1997.

“[But it] is still rampant today and it seems that the [Aquino] administration is helpless to curb it,” Matula added.

According to the Nagkaisa, an association of 49 progressive labor unions and federations headed by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), there are about 20 million contractual workers in the government and private sectors as of September of this year out of over 41 million salaried workers/employees in the country.

On Monday, Marcos described contractualization as “oppressive,” saying there is one contractual worker for every three rank-and-file employees among the country’s entire workforce who is underpaid and barred from receiving additional financial benefits on top of his basic pay.

Matula, president of Federation of Free Workers, said the “5-5-5”

practice is a blatant disregard of employment security as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Under the practice, a worker is replaced by another also under a five-month contract.

A six month’s employment makes it mandatory for an employer to make an employee a regular one.

According to Leody de Guzman, president of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, the concept of contractualization has prevented workers from joining labor unions and pushing collective bargaining agreements.

Mark Tanjusay, spokesman for the TUCP-Nagkaisa, said contractualization also prevents workers from benefiting from the country’s “growing economy.”

Tanjusay added that they have been urging Congress to pass the proposed Security of Tenure Act to assure that 90 percent of workers in every business establishment in the country are employed as regulars, while only 10 percent are contractuals.


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  1. Contractual employees in the government,who were equally qualified with appropriate education, eligibility and experience were not equally given regular plantilla for the simple reasons, they do not have backers and or whom you know. This criteria is condemnable, another reasons is that savings brought about by non hiring of regular employees goes to this so called performance bunos.

  2. alicia t. pistan on

    sana nga ay maibalik na ang dating regular employee sa ating mga manggagawa.isipin mo pagkatapos ng kontratang 5months,wala na naman silang hanapbuhay.eh hindi naman tayo pwedeng hndi kumain.ang masakit pa pag naghanap ka uli ng bagong trabaho,kailangan mo na namang gumastos para sa mga requirements na hinihingi ng kumpanya.gagastos ka na naman ng halos tatlong libo para sa requirements mo hindi pa kasama ang gagastusin mong baon arawaraw kung sakaling matanggap ka.talagang ang gobyerno natin pinahihirapang husto ang taong bayan.kaya kawawa kaming mahirap dahil lalong naghihirap dahil ang namumuno ay walang malasakit sa taong bayan.sana ay may isang mamumuno sa atin na ang hangad ay ang kabutihan ng kanyang bansa.ng mamamayang pilipino.harinawa ay merong taong mamumuno sa atin na tunay na may pusong maawain at pagmamalasakitan ang kanyang kapwa lalo sa mga mahihirap.kay inam na maging maunlad ang pamumuhay ng bawat mamamayan.