March 6, 2009
For Reference: Leona Entena (0910-6660574)
Vice-Chairperson for Luzon - Gabriela Women's Party
Retrench Roque, Fire GMA! Southern Tagalog Women Workers Protest to
Stop Lay-offs and Retrenchment
Women workers led by Gabriela ST and the Kilusan ng Manggagawang
Kababaihan marched to the Department of Labor and Employment today calling
on the Arroyo government to take immediate action against the spate of
retrenchments especially in the Southern Tagalog region.
Data collated by the Kilusan ng Manggagawang Kababaihan Souther Tagalog
ang PAMANTIK reveal that in Laguna and Cavite, at least 35,000 workers
have lost their jobs beginning in January of 2009 alone while some 40,000
more are being subjected to flexible labor schemes and practices like
reduced work hours, forced leaves and early retirement, all resulting to
massive joblessness in the region. It is estimated that for every 100
workers that are laid off, 70 to 80 among them are women.
"What we need are jobs in the face of this worsening economic and
financial crisis. We do not need a government that connives with
manufacturers, capitalists and foreign investors in passing o0n the burde
on this crisis to the workers. By allowing these flexible labor practices,
the DOLE and the Arroyo government is revealing its anti-worker
character," said Leona Entena, Gabriela Women's Party Vice Chairperson for
Luzon and GABRIELA Laguna chairperson.
"More than the workers, it is Mrs. Arroyo and Labor Secretary Marianito
Roque who should be laid off and retrenched. They have not done their job
to protect and uphold the interest of workers. Their continued stay in
their offices is a waste of people's money."
Gabriela Southern Tagalog
Gabriela Silang Multi-Purpose Building,
Sitio Bagong Silang, Brgy.Sala,