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Learn the beat!

According to Frederick Sarmiento, an attendee, the objectives of the CPM were clearly stated from the start of the orientation. “I was able to learn a lot more,” he said. “Mr. Jude and his team helped me and my colleagues understand more about reality and taught us ways how to help others.”

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ALPAS!

From the house not their own… from the place full of risk and fear… from the dream that seemed unreachable… now, having their own beautiful house and community, the urban poor were given a new life and a new hope.

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SINAG HOMES!

FELY ARROYO, beneficiary:
“If we’re disconnected, we hook up to our landlord for electricity. We just pay him for it. We always settle our rent and water consumption. Sometimes we cannot cope up with our expenses. I’m trying hard to make ends meet especially that my kids do not support us.”

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Welga ng mga Kababaihang Manggagawa nilusob, 2 sugatan!

“Paglabag sa DOLE-PEZA-PNP guidelines ang mga ito. Pananagutan ng PEZA at ni Atty. Norma Tuñag, administrator ng Cavite ecozone, ang marahas na pag-atake sa mapayapang welga ng mga kababaihang manggagawa. Bukod sa tauhan ng PEZA ang Jantro guards, sila ang may kontrol sa lahat ng nangyayari sa loob ng ecozone,” pahayag ni Rene Magtubo, tagapangulo ng Partido Manggagawa (PM) at sumusuporta sa mga kababaihang manggagawa.

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The ground crew — Philippine Airlines (Part 1)

Joaquin Garcia: “A score of our members in the Union died in the picket line. Perhaps they might still be alive if they were not terminated. Why? When we were still working in PAL, you’ll just have to go to the clinic when you feel something and you’ll be attended to. Now what? How can we have proper check-up when we do not even have a single penny to buy candies? So you tell me… This is distressing.”

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Workers: Defend Public Services and Reject RCEP!

We demand that the RCEP negotiations be halted until the text is made public and discussed in parliament and in tripartite bodies in our respective countries. We reaffirm and support the call of ASEAN Parliamentarians for a thorough cost-benefit assessment of RCEP as well as a human rights impact assessment. We demand that submissions from the trade union movement and other people’s organizations, based on a careful examination of the proposition on the table be taken as part of the negotiation process.

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ENDO knows no boundaries!

“News Anchor is a position necessary and desirable to the business of People’s Television (PTV4), in eleven years, she is a regular employee and cannot be terminated without just cause or authorized cause even if she is in the public service/ sector,” Edwin Bustillos, sectoral representative of the Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) explained.

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Social Media Training a must for unions?

She confides that the recently concluded training is their own way of cascading the knowledge and skills they have gained to their own members after attending the seminar on Social Media sponsored by the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN) and People’s Media Advocacy Asia (PMAA) last April in Metro Manila.

She adds, she is fortunate to be among the participants in the said seminar as she understood how social media can be a powerful tool to inform, educate and engage the members to union matters and national issues.

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CPCCEU new logo, soon to be launched!

“Kalakip ng pagkakabuo ng social media ng CPCCEU magkaroon din it’o ng mga sariling kolumnista, technical editor na siyang magiging bahagi ng aming pahayagan sa social media,” Betito explained.
[ With the creation of CPCCEU social media team, soon, it will also have its own writer or columnist and technical editor that will be part of our newsgroup in social media]

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Peace for Mindanao, not war!

The real possibility of a state of martial law being utilized for counter-insurgency and the suppression of civil liberties, including workers’ and trade union rights, is a well-founded fear of our people due to our two-decade experience of dictatorship.

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SENTRO statement for May 1

Truth is, the Duterte regime is only consistent in one thing: it wants to kill, and the freedom to kill who it wants to kill. The spate of extrajudicial killings occurring all over the country—ostensibly sponsored and abetted by the Philippine National Police’s Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel—has claimed anywhere between 8,000 to 10,000 lives already. This has worsened the situation of poor women, leaving them in trauma, isolation and greater vulnerability to further abuse such as prostitution. In addition to this, the Philippine Congress reintroduces the death penalty, and was passed by the House of Representatives last March 7, 2017, awaiting advancement in the Philippine Senate—despite the Philippines’ international commitment to treaties not to do so. Another legislative bill intends to lower the minimum age of criminal liability to nine (9) years of age, pushing back the victory in the past of children’s rights groups.

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“Uphold democracy, our human rights”

“Even the wake of the victims of EJK are not visited and properly mourned due to fear in communities. The women suffer in the destruction of homes due to the rampant killings and the “double-standard” observation of justice among the accused drug offenders and those they call coddlers of suspects,” said the statement.

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TV5 terminates 100 regular employees!

Para sa kaalaman ng lahat, ang TV5 ay under sa MPIC ( Metro Pacific Investment Corp) ni MVP. Ibig sabihin maari niya itong isalba o tulungan gamit ang ibang kumpanya na pag-aari niya na may limpak limpak na TUBO hanggang sa ganap na pagbangon nito. Sa katunayan, nakasulat sa financial statement ng TV5 na galing sa SEC ( security and Exchange Commission) na ang perang ipinambili ni MVP sa TV5 ay nagmula sa retirement fund ng PLDT. Kapag para sa kanyang pakinabang kaya niyang gumawa ng paraan pero bakit ang pagsalba sa manggagawa hindi nya magawa? Hindi parehas ang laban.

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KASAMMA-CCO-FCCU Panalo vs Coca-Cola FEMSA

Kabilang sa nilgadaang kasunduan ng unyon at management ay ang pagkilala ng Coca-cola FEMSA sa labing tatlong arawang manggagawa na boluntaryong nagbitiw mula sa NLU noong kasagsagan ng freedom period, bilang miembro ng KASAMMA-CCO-FCCU at kikilalanin din ng Coca-cola FEMSA ang membership ng dalawang arawang empleyado mula naman sa Bagumbayan Distribution Center bilang kasapi ng KASAMMA-CCO-FCCU.

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PMAA on Philippine labor, lets be the media!

We envision a future that avoids such catastrophes. A substantial number of trade unionists remain, and they are uniquely positioned to uphold labor laws for themselves and for the precarious worker. Our theory of change taps this market for the social good, addressing labor issues in the Philippines and in ASEAN, such as migration and woman worker’s rights.

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FAREMO workers months-long labor dispute settled

“We owe this victory to the determination to fight for our members and the solidarity of fellow trade unions and international labor rights advocates. We also thank our management for granting the demands of the union and even Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod whose office patiently mediated the dispute until it was resolved,” Jessel Autida, president of the Faremo labor union, said.

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Be the media!

Our team provides Philippine and Asean labor advocates with labor news and social media and communications training.

We also boost labor stories and campaigns to a main stream audience via our affiliates media networks.

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PMAA urges Filipino working class, be the media!

“Their only hope is the web and social media. That’s why we are teaching them to report on their on plight, on their own situation to tell everybody about their situation their grievances and their struggles. Workers news from the workers themselves, we always tell them do not hate on the media, that’s their job, they have their limitation, with social media you can be the media,” Jim Libiran said. People’s Media Advocacy, Asia

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Labor groups support the SSS program to run after delinquent employers

In the report released by SSS Senior Vice President Voltaire Agas said at least there are about 34,000 employer’s that are being charged for non-remittance of SSS contribution amounting to P1.4 billion. He said delinquent employers are liable for “a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) or more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00), or imprisonment for not less than six (6) years and one (1) day or more than twelve (12) years, or both, at the discretion of the court.

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No D.O yet–Sec. Bello

“We urge Secretary Bello to facilitate a dialogue with the President and we will ask him to issue an Executive Order and certify House Bill 4444 or the “MENDOZA WORKERS BILL” authored by Rep. Raymond Mendoza, TUCP Partylist. The bill aims to strengthen the security of tenure,” Edralin added.

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BWI assists distressed OFW

And for my fellow Filipino working abroad, if you think your right is being violated or abused, your dignity has been suppressed by your employers, don’t lose hope because there are people who are willing to support you, especially the BWI. They are the organization with a big heart who are willing to protect the OFW.

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2,000 Fontana employees, lost their jobs after the casino shut down

As usual, the TV news is blowing the issue all out of proportion. The legit business was reported illegal; that we were shut down due to lack of permits. Not true at all. The Casino’s closure may be understandable since it’s a cash cow, as others may see it. But to include the rest of the property in the cessation of operations- villas, hotels, water park, food outlets and other facilities, that is totally unreasonable and cruel.

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The Philippines Daily Express Employees Union Experience

Change did come. ‘TAMA NA, sobra na, palitan na!,” was the war cry of a Daily Express proofreader, Guillermo ‘Guil’ Franco, who studied in UP Diliman, against Johnny Gatbonton in the next elections of the Philippines Daily Express Employees Union Inc (PDEEUI). President Franco admitted that he, too, was offered by the Express management with “inspirational, motivational and persuasive” perks upon his assumption into office.

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First in a series: CNN Philippines unionizing

If CNN Philippines’ workers dilly-dally in getting well organized as a full fledged media entity with a reliable union, that BBC London and other foreign media brands may follow suit, probably, Mr Ramon Ang, the current top honcho, may lead the way to industrial peace, harmony, synergy and compassion within the ranks of the CNN PH media workers by first encouraging them to unionize and let it become as strong as the CNN mother company’s union, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians–Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA).

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LEARN: Labor outlook 2016

Sa pagbaba ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa puwesto, nakangingiti kung hindi man lubos na nakatatawang isipin kung tutuusin ang isa pang pagsusuri at pag-uuri ng mismong National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) na nagsabing “kailangang sumahod ng PhP100,000.00 bawat buwan ang karaniwang Pinoy upang mabuhay nang disente.” Sa kitang iyan, ani NEDA, maaari nang makakain ng sapat, may matirhan, makabili ng damit, may maipampaaral, may maipampadoktor, may pang-gas at gasolina, at magkaroon ng aliwan o libangan o bakasyon ang karaniwang kababayan kasama ang kanyang buong pamilya.

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Lugi daw, Faremo international garment nagsara!

Malaki ang paniniwala ng UNYON na isa itong porma ng “UNION BUSTING”, dahil base sa mga nakalap nilang impormasyon, posibleng ang deklarasyong magsara ng Faremo ay isang istratehiya lamang para mabuwag ang unyon at iwasan ang pagbibigay ng anumang benepisyo para sa mga manggagawa base na rin sa kanilang naging sama-samang pakiki-pagtawaran o collective bargaining agreement (CBA) kamakailan.

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Labor summit: make or break!

“The Duterte government is bent to form its political base—an organized loyal and faithful constituency. What it is doing now is to organize those who voted for him or those who are still not disappointed about him. It is bent on maintaining its popularity and making populism (not only popularity) works for him. It is sincere in making sure that the labor groups will not get in the way of the formation of his “Kilusang Pagbabago.” In short, the labor movement must not get in Duterte’s way,” Albano explained.

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Why do employers dislike unions?

A union is a tool and instrument for workers and employees to air their grievances and to protect their interests in the workplace. A union is not an organization that aims to dismantle the company’s reputation or even encourage workers to leave their job.

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Bakit umuusog ang EJK sa hanay ng obrero?

Sa unang sandaang araw ni Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa pagka-Pangulo, mahigit 3,000 at dumadami pang narkotrapikista ang naitutumba. May naitalang pito sa hanay ng manggagawa na hindi drogista ang napaslang nitong Setyembre 2016 lamang . At ang isusunod sa puntirya ang mga artista, pari o madre, aktibista laban sa buktot na pagmiminahan, pagsasaka, pangingisda at pagsira ng kalikasan, taga-media, politikong hindi pulpol, at ibang kontrapelo sa politika. Malay mo, ikaw na ang next sa matrix ng bagong era ng noong panahon ng Hapon ay binansagang mga makapili?

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Endo matrix

“Ginamit nya lang ang kanyang posisyon at impluwensya para maging bansot ang kalagayan ng mga manggagawa sa anumang sektor sa bansa. Marami sa kanyang desisyon ay hindi pabor sa mga manggagawa bagkus mas makikita ang bias nya sa mga may-ari ng kumpanya,” Atty. Arellano told the Center for People’s Media.

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From Pandemic to Politics: Culinary Union hustles the hurdles!

“Donald Trump is a threat to the livelihood of workers and our families. Since August 1st, canvassers have been in the streets knocking on doors, talking to voters, and getting out the vote for Biden-Harris. Every political effort draws from the Culinary Union’s 85-years of rich knowledge of effective voter contact, which is rooted in the principle of working people talking to each other about the importance of building power through voting,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Treasurer-Secretary of the Culinary Union.

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HOTEL WORKERS & LABOR UNIONS VS COVID19!

“This is a very challenging year and yet that did not stop the union from being creative and resourceful in making things possible to help alleviate the feeling of uncertainty and worry. The officers saw through their needs and addressed it. Working despite the risk and doing it happily for Solidarity. Mabuhay ang NUWHRAIN PPC!

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Labor win sa senado 2019!

ni Carla Joy G. Pagala, PUP Intern Manila, Pilipinas — Bilang isang estudyante at baguhang botante sa darating na eleksyon, isang napakahalagang oportunidad na makadalo sa pagpupulong na ginawa ng Church Labor Conference (CLC). Dahil dito mas napalawig ang aking kaalaman

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