Duterte sets pre-Labor Day dialogue with Labor groups

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)

MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expects President Rodrigo Duterte to attend the pre-Labor Day assembly on April 30 to be held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Diliman, Quezon city at 3:00 pm.

This is in preparation for the 115th commemoration of Labor Day in the country.

“What’s different here is that the dialogue between the president and the labor groups and management, the president listens and considers the needs of workers — and that is very important in a leader,” said Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Aside from trade union leaders, several groups from the youth sector, women, migrants and ordinary laborers in the country will also attend the event.

Labor groups hope that president will discuss the abolishment of wage boards as a gift to Filipino laborers come labor day on May 1.

TUCP – Associated Labor Unions president, Allan Tanjusay said, “It will be more meaningful if President Duterte will give a gift like banning contractualization. The president must announce it on that day. Secondly and lastly, it’ll be more meaningful with a wage increase.”

DOLE said the implementation of wage increase for laborers needs further study.

Secretary Bello said, “The Department of Labor has no authority to come up with a minimum wage; that depends on Congress. However, we have tripartite wage board. They continuously access the economic situation in different regions. That is serious, but we continuously monitor the capability.”

On May 1 or Labor Day, DOLE will hold simultaneous job and business fairs in 50 areas in the country. This is in cooperation with DTI, LGU, Peso and the private sector.

The National Capital Region will be the center of labor caravan and job fairs to be held at the Quezon city hall. — UNTV News & Rescue

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