Cardinal Tagle calls for policies to protect workers

Cardinal Tagle calls for policies to protect workers

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila

By Roy Lagarde

May 1, 2018

Manila, Philippines

On the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has called for policies that protect and defend the dignity of work and the rights of workers.

He said that by policies that promote a more inclusive, responsible and equitable society, “we can overcome obstacles and transform our world of work into one that is grounded on social justice, respect and love.”

According to him, work is more than just doing something for money, but about how we share in the creative activity of God

“Work is fundamentally what happens to the human person: the active mind, the sweaty brow, the fractured hand, the aching back, the grumbling stomach, the anxious heart, the zealous spirit, the dreams fulfilled,” Tagle said.

“Thus genuine working conditions are fostered not simply by transactions but by a covenant relationship between partners who respect and protect everyone’s dignity. In a covenant relationship there is no room for exploitation,” he said.

Various groups marked Labor Day with protests across the country, demanding wage hike and a stop to illegal contractualization.

Ending contractualization or endo (end of contract) is among the key campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, however, said Duterte has failed the workers.

“He did not fulfil his promise to end endo,” he said. “Endo is a great injustice to the workers. It is exploting their labor without gibing them security.”

In Cebu City, Duterte signed an executive order (EO) that bans unlawful contracting an sub-contracting.

But labor groups said existing labor laws already contain the prohibition, adding that what is needed is a policy that prohibits all forms of labor contracting.