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Balleque joins battle vs labor contractualization

General Santos City Councilor Froebel Kan Balleque on Tuesday made a fresh call to end labor contractualization.

During his privilege hour, Balleque also urged private establishments in the city to formulate policy to gradually eradicate contractualization.

“Maraming mga employers na nanatiling ganito ang practice. Nakaka-awa ang kanilang mga empleyado… They have been crying out for help to the government na tapusin na ang contractualization,” the lawyer-councilor said.

Contractualization or endo (end of contract) is the illegal practice of hiring fixed-term employees and continuously renewing their contracts to avoid giving benefits a regular worker is entitled to, Balleque explained.

“Mr. Chair, ito ang tinatawag na kawalan ng protection sa right to security of tenure… Marami pa ang hindi minimum wage ang sahod, biktima ng unfair labor practices. Hindi binabayaran ng over time pay, hindi binabayaran ang SSS remittances,” he added.

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