On Thursday, labor groups slammed the bill seeking to extend the six-month probationary period to two years.
“We reject the bill. Disguised as a proworker House bill, this measure, if approved into law, will permanently institutionalize the modern-day labor slavery system in the country,” said President Raymond Mendoza of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).
Representative of Probinsyano Ako party-list Jose Singson Jr. has filed at the House of Representatives the House Bill No. 4802, which allows the extension of the current probationary period of six months to two years.
Singson believes that the existing period is not enough for the employer to determine the employee’s suitability for regularization.
Meanwhile, according to Nagkaisa Labor Coalition, “it is an indecent proposal and contrary to the Decent Work Agenda that the Philippines has committed to in its Decent Work Country Program.”