“There are existing provisions in the constitution which has not been implemented like the living wage and the security of tenure,” Bishop Pabillo said.
“Sa karanasan, malimit na ang mga kababaihan ang naiiwan sa mga evacuation center para mag-alaga ng mga anak, mag-asikaso ng makakain at pangangailangan ng mga pamilya. Ang mga kababaihan at kabataan rin ang madalas na dinadapuan ng karamdaman ito’y dahil na rin sa kakulangan ng malinis na tubig at pasilidad at kung minsan ang ilan ay nakakaranas pa ng karahasan,” dagdag pa ni Algo.
Naniniwala ang NUWHRAIN-PPC-LGBT, na ang inumpisahang forum ay posibleng maging daan para maka-enganyo ng iba pang LGBT community para mas mapalakas ang kanilang hanay at makapagbuo nang isang unyon para mabigyang proteksyon ang kanilang mga karapatan at trabaho sa loob ng pagawaan.
“Andito kami para magbigay ng suporta dahil kami rin ay isa sa biktima ng kanilang mabagal na proseso,” Ayon kay Marilou Alpanoso, isa sa mga ralliyistang manggagagwa mula sa Ponderosa Leather Goods Company
Ayon kay Alfredo Maraño, opisyal ng Federation and Cooperation of Cola, Beverage and Allied Industry Unions (FCCU), walang malinaw na basehan ang gagawing pagsibak ng Coca-Cola FEMSA sa kanilang mga kawani.
“Sakto itong seminar dahil ang gusto namin ay maipatampok ang isyu ng pabahay sa mga maralita at manggagawa na mayroong housing project ang gubyerno para sa mga taong naninirahan sa danger zone,” Gil Galdo, a community development facilitator of Kilos Maralita.
“Natutunan ko na malawak pala ang sakop ng social media pagdating sa pagtutulak ng advocacy ng isang union at ang papel na ginagampanan nito sa pangmalawakang pamamayahag,” says Giear Khaei from FCCU Coca Cola.
“We demanded that the posters be removed immediately and calls on MEPZ workers not to be intimidated by this kind of harassment from their employers and MEPZ authorities,” Magtubo said.
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.
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.”
“We condemn how PNP Chief Inspector Ronald Lao turned two-face even after our dialogue with him and with the KIMACO leadership. During the dialogue, it was clear to Chief Insp. Lao that the KIMACO is willing to disperse voluntarily if the management of Coca-Cola will hear their grievance”, Olalo explained.
In a statement released by Alfredo Maranon, National President of FCCU-SENTRO/IUF said that the action of the CCFPI management violates the company’s obligations under the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines as well as the UN Global Compact of which the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta is a signatory.
“The Coca-Cola workers are just among the millions of Filipino workers who are burdened and exploited through widespread contractualization,” Adonis said.
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.