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.
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.
Contractual employment became a disguise for labor-only contracting—an illegal arrangement where the job contractor or subcontractor recruits the worker. So what does this mean for the working class?
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.”
“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.
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).