Sunday, July 10, 2022

NAGKAISA Endorses Draft Bangsamoro Labor Code

The NAGKAISA Labor Coalition favorably endorses the draft Bangsamore Labor and Employment Code for legislation by the Bangsamoro Parliament.

More than a hundred participants from labor groups in the region joined the Bangsamoro Labor Summit organized by the Office of the Member of Parliament Romeo Sema.

The members of country's biggest labor coalition participated in said activity. The Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progressibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) , Public Service Labor  Independent Confederation (PSLINK) and the Associated Labor Union ALU-TUCP)  were among the participants. They joined all the other participants in endorsing the adoption of the Bangsmoro Labor Code and other social legislation by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.

NAGKAISA lauded the effort of MP Sema, chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment, who promised to earnestly work for the incorporation of various amendments forwarded by labor groups during the conference. 

The Nagkaisa leaders were elated to note that freedom of association for all workers is well protected and the provisions on security of tenure  have better protection in the Bangsamoro Labor Code  than the Philippine Labor Code.

The two-day summit, which is in partnership with the International Labour Organization, aims to provide a venue for development partners to discuss, clarify, and address concerns on the proposed Bangsamoro Labor and Employment Code and other labor and employment-related measures.

In his video message, Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim called for the immediate passage of the proposed bills, which include the Bangsamoro Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Economy; Bangsamoro Tripartism and Social Dialogue; the Bangsamoro Public Service Eligibility Equivalency Act; and the Bangsamoro Labor Justice Administration Act.

"The government of the day is one with the committee in calling for the immediate passage of the much-needed legislation to make the lives of the labor force much better," Chief Minister Ebrahim said. 

MP Sema reiterated the importance of the active  involvement of Bangsamoro workers in exercising their rights to participate in policy and decision-making as enunciated in the Bangsamoro Organic Law.###

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