Kilusang Mayo Uno blames flexible labor policy and lack of Filipino industries for joblessness among Filipinos.

“10 million unemployed Filipinos is one of the many illustrations of how underdeveloped our economy is. We do not have the industries to employ our people, and the government fails in securing jobs for Filipinos as it continues to implement contracutalization in labor,” said KMU Chairperson Elmer Labog.

In the recent SWS Survey, 2.7 million lost their jobs when their contracts were no longer renewed by employers. Labor groups tag this practice as ‘endo’ or ‘end of contract.’

KMU National Chair Elmer Labor /

“Job security is a major issue among workers. A 21.5 percent rise in the number of jobless Filipinos means lost livelihood for millions of Filipino families. We have long called for an end to contractual labor in all forms, but President Duterte himself betrayed the workers when he turned around from his campaign promise to end contractualization,” said Labog.

KMU cited President Duterte’s veto of the Security of Tenure Bill in the 17th Congress as an indicator that government is not inclined to change labor contractualization policy.

Workers who went on strike this year, including Regent Food Workers, Nutri Asia workers, Champion detergent (PEPMACO) workers, all raised the issue of contractualization as part of their demands.

“Workers are going on strike because they want to fight for regular work, because their jobs, their very source of livelihood is under threat,” said Labog.

The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) is an independent labour center promoting genuine, militant and patriotic trade unionism. It is genuine because it recognizes the struggle between labor and capital and upholds the legitimate interests of the working class; militant because it relies on the workers collective struggle in defending trade union and democratic rights; and patriotic because it seeks to end imperialist domination and control over the Philippines.