MBC says se­cu­rity of ten­ure law must re­spect busi­nesses’ rights

Business World - - Labor & Management - Gil­lian M. Cortez

MAKATI Busi­ness Club (MBC) Chair­man Edgar O. Chua called for the rights of man­age­ment to be re­spected as the gov­ern­ment urges leg­is­la­tors to pass the Se­cu­rity of Ten­ure (SoT) Bill.

In an in­ter­view with Busi­nessWorld ear­lier this week, Mr. Chua said that the gov­ern­ment should not only fo­cus on work­ers’ se­cu­rity of ten­ure but also the op­er­a­tions of busi­nesses.

“The law should not make it so dif­fi­cult and al­low a com­pany flex­i­bil­ity. (Leg­is­la­tors need to find) the right balance be­tween pro­tect­ing work­ers with also pro­tect­ing the right of com­pa­nies to be able to hire and fire for proper cause,” he said.

In Septem­ber, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte cer­ti­fied the SoT Bill as ur­gent, re­quest­ing its im­me­di­ate pas­sage by the Se­nate.

The bill passed on third and fi­nal read­ing at the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives while the Se­nate is still in the process of in­ter­pel­la­tion.

Mr. Chua said that while the or­ga­ni­za­tion will not give an of­fi­cial po­si­tion on the bill es­pe­cially while it re­mains pend­ing at the Se­nate, the gov­ern­ment should be look­ing to en­force cur­rent laws that al­ready pro­hibit il­le­gal con­tract­ing ar­range­ments such as endo or “end of con­tract” em­ploy­ment terms.

“The prob­lem is en­force­ment. We have too many laws but the real prob­lem in our coun­try is en­force­ment,” Mr. Chua said.

La­bor groups have called for the to­tal abo­li­tion of con­tract­ing ac­tiv­ity, to which Mr. Chua said that erad­i­cat­ing con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion, which in­clude le­git­i­mate con­tract­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, will cause prob­lems for busi­nesses and ul­ti­mately af­fect em­ploy­ment over­all.

“In to­day’s work where it’s very dy­namic and very fluid, it makes it very dif­fi­cult for a com­pany to ad­just (if we abol­ish le­git­i­mate con­tract­ing ac­tiv­i­ties),” he said. —

PHILIP­PINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZ­MAN

LA­BOR GROUPS have called for the to­tal abo­li­tion of con­tract­ing ac­tiv­ity, to which Makati Busi­ness Club Chair­man Edgar O. Chua said that erad­i­cat­ing con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion, which in­clude le­git­i­mate con­tract­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, will cause prob­lems for busi­nesses and ul­ti­mately af­fect em­ploy­ment over­all.

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