Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has deplored the practice of “oppressive contractualization,” the so-called “5-5-5” labor contract, which, according to him, stifles and defeats the constitutional guaranty of security of tenure.
“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,” Marcos said on Monday.
He expressed alarm that “oppressive contractualization is becoming rampant,” now more so as it is turning to be “the industry’s standard that DOLE [Department of Labor and Employment] seems to want to turn a blind eye to.”
“There is a need to put a tight grip on compliance with laws governing contractual employees. This should go hand in hand with strict monitoring from DOLE,” Marcos said.
“The practice of some companies today, summed up as ‘5-5-5,’ cuts the life of a labor contract to only five months. Corollary to this is ‘endo’ or ‘end of contract,’ the last string to tie the devious knot. This is the period where the five-month contract of the worker ends,” he added.
Apparently, Marcos said, employers do not want the contractual employment to reach six months because, if it does, employees would have to be put under regular status with full benefits as mandated by the Labor Code.
“Higit sa lahat, ang mga manggagawa ng ating bansa ay dapat bigyan ng proteksyon na hindi sila madadaya sa kanilang empleyo [Most of all, the country’s workers deserve to be protected in their employment].”