Villanueva refiles Security of Tenure bill

SENATOR Joel Villanueva will not give up his fight for security of tenure of laborers as he refiled on Monday his bill which was vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Villanueva said Senate Bill No. 806 is “exactly the same measure that was certified as priority and urgent measure by the President” in September 2018.

“Kaya the same because we wanted to find out from the President’s men or the officials na nag-influence sa Pangulo na i-veto ito para i-pinpoint nila kung anong particular provision ‘yung may problema sila,” said Villanueva.

The bill bans “labor-only contracting.” It exists when the job contractor merely supplies, recruits, and supplies workers to a contractee; the workers supplied to a contractee perform tasks/activities that are listed by the industry to be directly related to the core business of the contractee; and the contractee has direct control and supervision over the workers supplied by the contractor.

The bill also classifies workers under four employment types: regular, probationary, project and seasonal.

Project and seasonal workers have the same rights as regular employees. These benefits include the payment of minimum wage and social protection benefits.