“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.
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.
“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]
Marlon Tibay, education officer of NUWHRAIN-PPC told CPM that the purpose of the POLED was to update union leaders of the current political trend and how it would affect Filipino working class especially the organized labor movement. It also aims at gaining a deeper understanding of the contemporary political spectrum and structure together with the key figures influencing its dynamics so that they could create a more responsive action.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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