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Draft federal charter is anti-labor, Anakpawis Rep. Casilao says

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

A militant solon disclosed provisions of the draft ​f​ederal Constitution removed several “worker’s right” compare to the present charter​.

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao said the draft federal constitution had removed the rights of the workers “to security of tenure, humane conditions of work, participatory decision-making, collective bargaining and to strike in accordance with law.”

“The draft federal constitution embraces contractualization which it disguised by the use of the phrase “security of employment,” said Casilao.

Under Article 16 (Social Justice), Section 3 of the draft charter, “(a) The Federal Republic shall protect the rights of labor, particularly the right to just and living wages, security of employment, organization, and redress of grievances.

Casilao said the provision ​o​f the draft federal constitution mentions only the “rights of workers” in general terms and enumerates them in their bare minimum because it is leaving these matters for the federated regional states to decide and enact their labor laws.”

“That is a very dangerous proposition for workers”, Casilao said.

In contrast, Casilao said the 1987 Constitution specifically commits to guarantee the rights of workers and specifically mentions those rights that come under the guarantee. Its Article XIII, Sections 3 says:

“It shall guarantee the rights of all workers to self-organization, collective bargaining and negotiations, and peaceful concerted activities, including the right to strike in accordance with law. They shall be entitled to security of tenure, humane conditions of work, and a living wage. They shall also participate in policy and decision-making processes affecting their rights and benefits as maybe provided by law.”

Casilao said​ ​the draft federal constitution ​was​ putting premium on full employment without regard of workers’ security of tenure which is critical in their struggle for regular work and dignified wages.

He added that the draft charter only “paves the way for the widespread legalization of agencies that business owners use to engage in wholesale job contracting.”