The ‘social justice’ issue being raised by Sec. Lopez covers most of the agenda being raised by workers.
Change for the families of working people seems to be getting farther rather than nearer: 2017 began with government declarations of intention to raise various taxes and workers contributions such as oil excise tax, beverage tax, SSS, among others.
“We cannot accept the continued legalization of contractualization and proliferation of agencies.”
It would be more beneficial not just for workers but also for the entire economy if it would prohibit contractualization.
The dismissal of union leaders and brutal demolition of strikers’ picket line or picket protest camp has become a familiar story across the country in recent years.
“The policies that would likely bring the people’s desired change would begin only if Duterte scrapped the neoliberal policies adopted by his predecessors and now by his economic team.”
“Marcos may already be dead, but his legacy of contractualization, cheap labor, no-union no-strike policy, killings, abductions, illegal arrests, torture, militarization of peasant and Lumad communities, and much more are still alive and continues to oppress Filipino workers and people.”
“In the land of bigname hacienderos, contractual workers lug everyday more than 1,000 sacks of sugar weighing 50 kilos. They are paid lower than the minimum wage. Some suffer bone fractures. Some developed hernia. But the workers complained the company does not even provide them a clinic or first aid.”
“The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) must draw the line between appeasing big businesses like SIDC and responding to the needs of the workers.”
“There must be no distinction between Labor-Only Contracting and Job Contracting. Both must be declared illegal.”
All of the workers fired are contractuals. They hail from Didipio and adjacent villages (barangays), where Oceana Gold and its contractors are supposed to get majority of its employees.