“We cannot be blocked by legalities that would further put workers away from their rightful demands.”
MANILA – A combined force of Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) attacked the picket line of striking workers of Shin Sun fruit company in Compostela Valley today June 2. An update from Carl Olalo of Kilusang Mayo Uno in Southern Mindanao Region said that since 9:30 this morning, the…
“We want to be regularized (directly) under Harbour Centre and we have filed cases against (Grasials) agency, which has been defrauding us.”
“This is a test case for the Duterte administration to bare its resolve in ending contractualization through strong intervention.”
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.”