ACT Teachers solon outraged at CSC’s lack of guidelines for public school teachers’ unions

CSC must come up with guidelines to bring their budget to House plenary deliberations


Due to the insistent questioning of ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio, the Committee on Appropriations today cautioned Civil Service Commission Chairperson Francisco Duque III that the CSC budget may not be taken up in plenary by the House of Representatives unless it issues guidelines on the registration and accreditation of public school teachers’ unions under the Department of Education.

At the budget hearing of the CSC held this morning, Tinio pointed out that the Public Sector Labor-Management Council (PSLMC), chaired by the CSC chairperson, has failed to issue the guidelines four years after it first took up the issue.

Chairperson Duque explained that the guidelines could not yet be issued pending the signature of the Secretary of the Department of Finance.

Tinio noted that due to the absence of these guidelines, the accreditation of duly registered public school teachers’ unions has been suspended by the CSC since 2007. “This means that they cannot engage in collective negotiations and cannot enjoy the economic and non-economic benefits a Collective Negotiation Agreement will provide them.”

He cited the case of the Metrian Public School Teachers’ Union of the Ireneo Santiago National High School in General Santos, whose application for accreditation has been pending with the CSC since October 2008.

Earlier in the budget hearing, Tinio cited the Article 13 Section 3 of the Philippine Constitution, stressing on the state’s duty to “guarantee the rights of all workers to self-organization, collective bargaining and negotiation”.

“We all know that teachers are overworked, underpaid. Why must two administrations, from Pres. Arroyo to Pres. Aquino, continue to deprive them of their Constitutional right to self-organization? Four years have passed and the guidelines are still pending. This is absurd, outrageous, and unacceptable.”#

References: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer (0915-762-6522)