Migrant workers in Korea expose the Global Forum
on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Manila
as a tool to promote neoliberal anti-poverty and financing strategy
Philippine Embassy, Seoul, South Korea
October 19, 2008
The Katipunan ng mga Samahang migranteng Manggagawa sa Korea (KASAMMA-KO), the Migrante Chapter in Seoul, and other International Migrant Alliance Members, the Osan Migrant Center, the Migrant Trade Union and the leaders of the different communities who belong to the Employment Permit System workers held a picket rally on the 19th day of October at ten forty five in the morning in front of the Philippines Embassy in Seoul .
Photos courtesy of KASAMMAKO
(Katipunan ng mga Samahang migranteng Manggagawa sa Korea)
THE CHALLENGE TO THE GLOBAL
FORUM ON MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER ISSUES OF MIGRANT WORKERS
• It employs post
post-Washington strategy of “transparency” and “shared responsibility”
thru “inter-partnership” with all “stakeholders” in the name of
development but marginalizes the role of the most important stakeholder on
this issue – the migrants themselves. Consultations and representation of
migrant organizations in HLF are nil. Even in dialogues wih civil society
organizations, migrant representation is merely a token.
October 19, 2008
The speakers lambasted the
Arroyo government for her inutility and her lips service to the migrant
workers in Korea they specifically mentioned the NPS-SSS agreement which
they claimed anti migrant workers, they said why do they want to get their
hard earned money? Why not making a solution to the ongoing deportations
and inhumane arrest to the undocumented migrant workers?
Pol Par stated that the
Macapagal Arroyo only interested to the remittances of the Migrant workers
in Korea, and they don’t even know the inhumane deportation of the
Filipino migrants in Korea, that is why he announce that from now on the
Kasamma-Ko will not remit any centavos to this government and they will
extend this campaign to all migrant workers in Korea.
KASAMMAKO STATEMENT ON THE
SSS-NPS SECURITY AGREEMENT
1. A foreigner whose home
country has concluded a social security agreement with Korea to secure
benefit rights by combining the insured period in each country.
2. A foreigner whose country
grants Korean a benefit corresponding to a lump-sum refund.
3. A foreign worker whose visa
falls under E8 (Employment for Training), E9 (Employment Permit System or
non-professional employment), or H2 (Visiting employment).
KASAMMAKO fears that once the SSS-NPS bilateral security agreement is passed by the Philippine Senate, migrant workers will not get their lump sum refund from NPS and that their contributions remitted to SSS as a result of the equalization scheme will be used for the whims and caprices of corrupt officials of the Philippine government just like what happened to OWWA funds, GSIS and SSS funds. The migrant workers who are the righful claimants of their pension contributions should get their lump sum refund at the end of their contract.
KASAMMAKO together with FEWA
and other migrant workers organizations call on the Philippine Senate to:
MR. POL PAR