- Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) leaders asked the government to take a look into recruitment agencies
- They hope there will be a ban on recruitment agencies and a push for direct hiring
- They revealed that companies do not give the proper wages and benefits to employees hired through agencies
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) leaders are hoping the government will look into the possibility of totally banning recruitment agencies because it encourages contractualization.
KMU Secretary General Jerome Adonis shared with GMA that it’s better if employers pursue direct hiring. He said, “Gusto namin wala nang agency kasi under the Labor Code naman, puwede mag-direct hire ang mga kompanya ng mga empleyado. Puwede namang subukan within six months ‘yung mga manggagawa at ‘pag hindi pumasa, sinasabi nga nila batay sa evaluation, puwedeng palitan.”
[We wish that there will no longer be any agency because under the Labor Code, companies can directly hire employees. If they can hire them for 6 months, if they don’t pass the evaluation, they can always look for replacement]
Adonis adds that companies prefer to hire through recruitment agencies because they can be excused from giving the necessary wages and benefits. He said, “Hindi sila nakatatanggap na tinatakda ng rehiyon na pasuweldo. Anytime puwede sila tanggalin so hindi nila mae-enjoy ang mga benepisyo ng mga manggagawa dahil nasa agency.”
[Employees do not get the right salary set by the region. Anytime they can be replaced and they don’t get to enjoy the benefits because they were hired through agency.]
KMU is one of the labor groups who expressed their dismay over the executive order signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on contractualization. They lamented that the EO was backed for the employers and not made for the workers.