The restructuring and mass layoff on March 2 are outright violations of the above. According to these agreements, unions should be provided with quality information and to engage in negotiations with union representatives to minimize the negative impact of any changes affecting employment.
Alfredo Maranon, National President of FCCU-SENTRO/IUF, states that the action of the CCFPI management violates the company’s obligations under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines as well as the UN Global Compact of which The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta is a signatory.
“Habang nagme-meeting ang top leadership ng FCCU-SENTRO noong 23 at 29 ng Enero, hinggil sa napabalitang umano’y tanggalan, binira ng COKE FEMSA management ang aming mga lider sa visayas at mindanao branch,” FCCU-Sentro organizer Danny Fuentes said.
“It is very clear that the selection process of the management is harassment and has the intention of busting the union. No consultation… No discussion within the union and it is very clear the selection process of the management is biased and without due process.”
“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.
Our social movements, organized along class and sectoral lines, are at the forefront of the people’s struggles. We shall continue to persevere, persist, resist, educate, and organize. We will forge solidarity with other progressive groups and forces. Our unity is an imperative response to the growing authoritarianism of our time.
Magtubo adds that since the assumption of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III from DOLE, only two from the ten-point agenda they have presented have been acted upon.
Organised workers are the bulwark against this crisis; by fighting for a democratic workplace and taking on broader issues of social and environmental justice, the union movement is fighting back.
After the discussion on the conference statement, trade unions affiliated to Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and Public Services International (PSI) along with NAGKAISA Labor Coalition expressed their strong objection to the final Conference Joint Statement for not living up to the spirit of tripartism and social dialogue.
The retrenched employees particularly the cabin crew sought to remedy through the judicial process and filed a complaint on the grounds of unfair labor practice and illegal retrenchment.
SEPTEMBER 27 will be the 71st anniversary of the Union and six days after, the 6th year anniversary of the lock-out. The small assembly finds its occasion for everybody to greet one another and to recall their struggles.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
Respect – isang maikling panawagan na may mabigat na dalang pag-asa. Kung tutuusin, payak lang naman ang hiling ng mga fastfood workers. Sa kabila ng pang-aabusong natatanggap, dagdagan pa ng hindi magandang pagtrato sa kanila kung minsan, nananatili silang nakangiti at bumabati sa lahat ng papasok at palabas sa lugar na humihila sa kanila sa kumunoy ng kahirapan. At sa ugali nilang ito, dapat lang na ibigay ang panawagang mabigyang karapatan at respeto sila – bilang mga marangal na empleyado at higit sa lahat – bilang tao.
We call on the working people to continue the struggle against contractualization and the precariousness of living sustained by the Duterte regime’s neo-liberal policies by asserting their basic right to a law-abiding, dignified and genuinely safe society—not the selective security of the privileged that preys on the massacre of the poor.
Employees, under the Philippine Constitution, have the Right to Security Tenure. Article XIII Section 8 it is stated that “It is state policy to assure all workers to Security of Tenure.”
Ayon kay Shiela Estrada, Pangulo ng Progressive Labor Union of Hongkong, naniniwala silang dapat bigyan parusa ang mga employment agency na lalabag sa kanilang mga karapatan bilang mga manggagawa.
Dapat aniyang sa mga mapapatunayang magkakasalang employment agency na patawan ito nang multang 350 thousandf Hongkong Dollars bukod pa ang pagkakakulong ng tatlong taon.
“The DO 174-17, nicknamed DO30, has miserably failed to deliver on the Duterte promise to uplift workers from poverty threshold by ending Endo and all forms of contractualization which he reiterated on February 27 dialogue with labor groups,” Tanjusay added.
Ayon kay Wilson Fortaleza, tagapagsalita ng PM, hindi katanggap-tangap ang rason ng MERALCO na magkakasabay na maintenance shutdown sa panahon ng tag-init. Aniya, maraming pagkakataon na makapagsagawa ng pagkukumpuni ng mga planta, bakit itinataon nila ito tuwing buwan ng summer, kung saan mas tumataas ang pangangailangan sa kuryente.
Sa datos ng Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), noong 2014, mayroong humigit kumulang na 1.3 milyon na contractual o hindi regular na empleyado sa pribadong sektor. Ito’y katumbas ng 30 porsyento ng mga empleyado sa pribadong kumpanya.
It is still a sad day for workers. But the struggle continues. It’s time for a full court press and nationwide actions. We thus demand that Pres. Duterte issue an Executive Order in place of this bad order and certify as an urgent measure HB4444 that seeks the prohibition of contractualization and the criminalization of such offense