New bill will not end precarious work

This week, the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released new national policy guidelines on contracting and subcontracting. The new guidelines are supposed to limit the use by companies of contract and casual workers as a way to undermine workers’ solidarity and maintain lower rates of pay and lesser conditions. Labour groups have slammed these new guidelines as inadequate to stem the widespread use of irregular work contracts. Union activists are now calling for the resignation of the Labor Secretary, Silvestre Bello III.