• Labor groups back Binay

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    Four labor groups on Monday said they were extremely doubtful that administration presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd would deliver on his promises to the labor sector.

    The Partido Manggagawa (PM), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Associated Labor Unions (ALU) and Federation of Free Workers (FFW) were referring to the promises Roxas made to Filipino workers that if he won, he would ensure the creation of one million jobs each year of his six-year term.

    Roxas also vowed that his administration will put an end to massive contractualization by effectively implementing labor laws.

    Jose Sonny Matula, FFW president, said his group, composed of 250 unions nationwide, will support Vice President Jejomar Binay.

    “He has been a labor lawyer and has helped workers even when he already entered the government service as mayor of Makati City [Metro Manila],” Matula noted.

    Records showed that in 2015, the country had 42 million workers.

    Of this figure, more than 11 million were jobless and 20 million were employed as contractuals or were hired to work for only five months.

    Wilson Fortaleza, PM spokesman, said Roxas is no different from President Benigno Aquino 3rd and former resident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo both of whom also promised to generate one million jobs each year but did not deliver.

    He added that the Aquino administration has created only around 300,000 jobs that are contractual, with low salary and no financial or social benefits at all.

    “There is nothing wrong with making promises. But what concrete steps have they taken to carry out those promises? In the case of contractualization, it should not be allowed or a law criminalizing it should be passed,” Fortaleza said.

    Alan Tanjusay, TCUP spokesman and ALU advocacy officer, said promises on the creation of jobs and job regularization “coming from traditional politicians like Mr. Roxas are very attractive. But, the TUCP has been awashed with the same promises from candidates like him. Nakakasuka na [It is so disgusting]!”

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