Elmer Labog of KMU urged workers to keep organizing and forming or defending their unions, saying the plight of workers won’t improve without their own action and organization, without unions, and without genuinely pro-worker unions in particular.Read More
“The special treatment being given to [Ret. Col,. Eduardo ] Kapunan and being denied to his co-accused further exposes the rotten judicial system in the country. It definitely bodes ill for the quest for justice in the Olalia-Alay-ay double murder case.” – Kilusang Mayo UnoRead More
As prices of basic products and services continue to increase, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno asked the public to participate in the “Protestang Bayan vs. Nagtataasang Presyo at Demolisyon.” Holding of protests is the only way Filipinos can have the chance of preventing price hikes and demolition of poor communities, Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general, said in a statement.Read More
By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) called on the newly-installed president of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines to heed the demand of at least 180 striking contractual janitors for reinstatement. PUP president Emmanuel de Guzman assumed office amid a labor dispute in the university’s Sta. Mesa campus. The dispute arose when janitors who have been working at the campus for decades already were terminated (or not absorbed) by the university’s newly contracted service agency called Carebest last February. The janitors had since then…Read More
By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA— Employees who get ‘endo’ (end of contract and thus end of job) after four to five months still populate the employed in the Philippines, six months after the labor department issued an order that it claimed would have ended contractualization. It is the employment scheme that has helped employers cut down wages, benefits and undercut unions, but which workers have been complaining of as illegal and anti-worker. When the labor department issued the Department Order 18-A Series of 2011 last Nov, it said it will…Read More
By BULATLAT STAFF
Flipino working people mark this Labor Day as a “day of reckoning” as the Aquino government continues to frustrate their long-standing demands. Follow Bulatlat.com’s live coverage.
By MARYA SALAMAT
Although most came from firms belonging to the top 500 corporations, with some being subsidiaries of top global corporations, the unionists complained also of low wages and threats to their job security.
By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – On May 1 labor groups in the country plan to hold mass actions in various locations as they press the government to swiftly legislate a P125 across-the-board wage increase. In the days leading to that, they announced activities in workers communities, inviting support and participation of workers, women, youth and students, overseas Filipinos, the urban poor and other concerned groups. “Noynoy’s term witnessed a meager increase in workers’ nominal wages and huge increases in the prices of basic goods and services. The Filipino workers…Read More
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
“Can the President not see how difficult it is now for Filipino families to cope? It does not take a rocket scientist to understand that the current wage levels are just not enough to give Filipino families a decent and dignified life.” – Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luz Ilagan.
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“The hospital claims to be a Christian Institution. It even carries the slogan ‘Cure the sick and care for every individual who works for the common good of all.’ Too bad the slogan doesn’t apply to the employees.” – Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital Employees Union
By MARYA SALAMAT
Today, Feb. 22, the workers at the largest plantation and cannery in the Philippines will hold a union election. The incumbent KMU-affiliated union, Amado-Kadena, is fighting to retain its dominance even as Dole Philippines uses a pro-management faction of the union against it while the US company, its allies and the military vilify and harass the union’s members and officers.