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.
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.
NAGKAISA urges the Filipino working class to remain vigilant to make sure that government bodies under instruction to comply with the labor demands do not stray out of line.
Apat lamang ang problema ng Pinoy na ipinaglalaban ng watakwatak na obrero: employment, unemployment, underemployment, ayon sa LEARN sa kanilang studies and researches, at “misemployment,” kung maidadagdag ko pa. Kailangan ba’ng dumanak ang dugo at magkamatayan dahil ipinaglalaban mo ang buhay at kabuhayan?
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