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Para may job security: Defensor vows to make QC contractual employees permanent

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Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor on Sunday vowed to fasttrack the grant of permanent status to long-time contractual employees of the Quezon City government if he is elected mayor in the upcoming election.

Defensor said long-time contractual workers deserve to be regularized “so that they can enjoy security of tenure and receive allowances as well as bonuses, including the 13th month pay.”

“We are absolutely committed to regularizing them. It would be grossly unfair to continue to deprive them of the benefits of permanent employment,” Defensor said in a statement.

Defensor noted that the Quezon City government is generating huge savings annually partly at the expense of long-time contractual employees.

“In Quezon City, we have many local government-employed daycare teachers who have been at their jobs for more than 10 years, and yet they are still under service contracts. This is unacceptable,” added Defensor, who is the candidate of the Marcos-Duterte UniTeam.

He added: “They and other contractual workers who have been performing essential services for a long time are definitely entitled to permanent status.”

It was learned that there are 13,376 contractual workers under the city government on top of its 6,000 plantilla position employees.

Defensor and his running mate Councilor Winnie Castelo earlier assured contractual employees that they will not be replaced if they win in the May 2022 elections and vowed to work to improve their working conditions.