Press Release
September 19, 2016


On Monday, Senator Joel Villanueva has expressed his support to the call of labor groups to end contractualization and outsourcing, and ensure security of tenure.

Under the scorching heat, Senator Villanueva talked with the leaders of Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA), the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Partido Manggagawa and other labor groups to discuss their plight.

"Importante po na tayong lahat magkaisa dito. Importante po na marinig ang boses ang tinig ng mga manggagawang Pilipino," Villanueva said in front of the rallyists. He further cited Senate Bill 1116, a measure which strengthens the right to security of tenure. The said bill is one of the first measures he filed at the start of his term as a senator.

Meanwhile, PALEA members have also urged the senator as the Chairman of the Committee on Labor to investigate and resolve the Philippine Airline's (PAL) outsourcing scheme in 2011. The country's major airline has yet to implement the 2013 Settlement Agreement with PALEA that will re-employ the remaining PALEA members who fought against the outsourcing scheme.

The outsourcing scheme is where a company taps a service provider or an agency for the supply of workers on a project basis.

Other issues which have been brought into light are the unfair and abusive practices of contractualized work and the controversial end-of-contract or "endo" scheme.

These workers who have been victims of the evils of contractualization are not hired as regulars, do not receive full benefits such as leave credits, 13th month pay as well as retirement, social security and health insurance plans, among others.

"Narito po tayo para ipakita ang solidarity sa bawat isa. At nais ko pong sabihin sa inyo ang Committee on Labor ay open na open at makikinig at bibigyan kayo ng oras at panahon para marinig ang inyong tinig at masiguro na maprotektahan natin ang mangggagawang Pilipino," the senator stressed.

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