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WATCH | Business expresses misgivings on DOLE's 'Endo' emancipation policy

Construction workers queue up at their workplace. InterAksyon file photograph

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With the directive issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on a strict policy against labor-only contractualization, so-called agency-hire contractual workers, such as those employed as salespersons in shopping malls and department stores, or in production and construction lines, would no longer be subjected to "endo" (a euphemism for the term "end of contract").

They won't anymore have to be governed by service terms that end or get renewed every five months or so to get around the law that requires a worker to be regularized beyond the initial six months of probationary employment.

Based on the provisions of Department Order 174, jobs considered central to the core operations of a workplace would no longer be allowed under the contractualization schema. Workers under this consideration are, thus, emancipated, so to speak, and would have to be integrated into the regular table of organization.

But the business and management sector in commerce and industry expressed its misgivings that such a policy could backfire and potentially result in constricted job opportunities in the labor market as many establishments could find it difficult to sustain operations and, thus, be compelled to reduce manpower, to the extent that small businesses at the losing end of the economics of scale could suffer the prospects of closure as the rules are perceived to be changed suddenly in mid-stream.

According to DOLE, it's not as if the rules were being changed all of a sudden, because the policy against labor contractualization has been there all along; it's just a question of strictly implementing them.

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