Celebrating Labor Day 2010 with protest marches and rallies

in Manila and other cities

 

Posted: May 3, 2010

 

■   Unveling of Ka Bel bas relief at Plaza Miranda    

 

■   Baguio City    ■   Legazpi City      ■   Naga City       ■   Masbate      ■   Davao City

 

■   Sydney, Australia    ■    Rotterdam    ■    Austria    ■   USA    ■   Canada (Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto)

 

 

   
   
◄ Quezon Blvd, Quiapo        ▲ Liwasan      ▼ Mendiola
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Photos courtesy of B
           

KMU Chair Elmer Gong Labog at Liwasang Bonifacio

Photo by Ron Villegas

Photo by Ron Villegas
           

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INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLES OF THE PROLETARIAT AND PEOPLES AGAINST IMPERIALISM AND REACTION
Message of Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle
1 May 2010
 

On this glorious day of the international proletariat, we, the International League of Peoples' Struggle, join the workers and peoples of the world in celebrating their struggles, sacrifices and victories. It is of the greatest importance to raise the banner of proletarian unity and struggle against exploitation and oppression by imperialism and all reaction. Once again, we renew our resolve to dismantle the monopoly capitalist system and replace it with a just, democratic and peaceful new world in which socialism prevails.

Crisis of Global Capitalism Continues to Worsen

The enemies of the working class and the oppressed peoples do not cease to demonstrate their contempt for the masses with their lies and their violence. The mouthpieces of the monopoly bourgeoisie are busy proclaiming the end of the global economic and financial crisis, and celebrating the so-called beginnings of recovery. Not only is this claim of recovery patently false, it actually signals a heightened offensive against the workers and peoples of the world.

Bourgeois economists are prating about rising GDP figures, rallies in the stock market, the "stabilization" of the financial system, increasing bank profits and more business activity. In reality, the so-called recovery is artificial and temporary as it is solely reliant on trillions of dollars handed out by the state to the biggest banks and failing conglomerates as bailout money. This is the largest-ever simultaneous raid of public treasuries by the wealthiest stratum of the capitalist class which uses the money to rake in more profits from speculative investments.

Conditions in the real economy remain grim, especially in terms of rising unemployment and the dismal living conditions of the working masses. Tens of millions have lost their jobs or livelihoods since 2008 when the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s erupted in the heartland of the global capitalist system. Millions more have been kept employed but on a part-time basis, with lower wages and ready to be axed at the bosses' say so. In the US alone, millions of families are set to lose their homes in the coming year. The monopoly bourgeoisie is seizing on mass unemployment and profound social insecurity to cut costs, take back hard-won workers' benefits and boost profits.

In the underdeveloped countries, the social consequences have been more devastating to those economies most deeply penetrated by international monopoly capital as foreign investments, credit, so-called aid, export revenues and remittances have fallen along with the economies of the advanced capitalist countries. Chronic economic depression is compounded by the multiple crises generated by the monopoly capitalist system including the food, water and ecological crises.

While the masses face a bleak future, the managers of finance oligarchy responsible for the crisis continue to raise their share of the loot. The top 25 managers of US hedge funds took home a record $25.33 billion in 2009 -- greater than the GDP of about 100 nations combined. They "earned" these obscene sums not from production but from mere speculation, specifically by correctly betting that the US government under Obama would shore up Wall Street at virtually any cost.

Obama certainly did not disappoint his financiers. Not only has he continued to funnel trillions to the finance sector, his administration has also scuttled any attempt to apply restraints on the predatory operations of finance capital, despite calls even from reform-minded bourgeois economists. He is generating the biggest kind of bubble in the form of public debt and is engaged in deficit spending that promotes monopoly profit-taking but not employment and economic recovery.

He has also indulged the military-industrial complex with the biggest war budget in US history since World War II, even adjusted for inflation. The US is building more bases and upgrading its military facilities all over the world to secure its control over strategic resources (such as oil and gas in West and Central Asia, and West and Central Africa); encircle potential rival powers, particularly China and Russia; and attack or intervene in regions where US interests are being challenged (such as in Latin America, Pakistan, Iran, and Korea.). It is also paying out billions to US monopoly firms to supply and service US bases overseas and "reconstruct" the civilian infrastructure destroyed by US invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All this generosity to the most parasitic and brutal fraction of the big bourgeoisie has resulted in the rapid increase in public deficits and debts in all the major economies. The Bank for International Settlements estimates that the debt-to-GDP ratios of the G-7 countries are likely to shoot up to between 150 and 300 percent within the next decade. Hence the executives of the monopoly bourgeoisie are preparing a new assault on the working masses in their own countries and against Third World peoples in order to squeeze out more surplus value.

The Obama administration has for instance frozen discretionary social spending, laid off thousands of teachers and public sector employees, and is getting ready to further whittle down Medicare and Social Security. Leaders of the Group of 20 are now talking about "deficit containment" and "returning to a normal policy stance" even amidst an ocean of unemployed and dispossessed masses. By this they mean withdrawing stimulus measures, imposing fiscal austerity and new taxes in order to raise revenues needed to cover the bailouts handed over to the finance oligarchy. This translates to wholesale job cuts particularly in the public sector, and slashing education, health, housing and other social and welfare programs. This is what all this talk of "recovery" means for the working masses.

The International Monetary Fund is again stepping in to impose devastating austerity measures and wage cuts not just in debt-stricken Third World countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America but now also in Eastern Europe and the less advanced capitalist countries such as Greece. In countries that have managed to steer clear of the IMF by relying on private capital markets, international finance capital still issues decrees through ratings agencies such as Moody's and Standard and Poor. Countries that refuse to reduce their fiscal deficits through cutbacks in social services, lay-offs and more regressive taxes are punished by poor ratings and higher interest rates.

Even then, there remains the threat of widespread defaults and financial meltdown in the near future. In fact, these are inevitable because the response of the ruling class to the crisis -- intensified exploitation of the working masses, over-accumulation of capital, debt-driven spending, and financialization -- actually aggravates the basic conditions which lead to crises. The expected bursting of the public debt bubble will have far worse consequences than the bursting of previous bubbles.

While continuing to rave about the free market masquerade of monopoly capitalism, the US is now desperately carrying out a protectionist policy and trying to reduce its external deficits through cutting imports and more aggressive export promotion. Obama recently launched the National Export Initiative which aims to double US exports in five years. The US can therefore be expected to become even more aggressive in prying open foreign markets, enforcing its "property rights" overseas while restricting the entry of imports. This is sure to exacerbate trade frictions between the US and its commercial competitors as well as intensify inter-imperialist rivalry for plundering the Third World.

In the face of the economic crisis and challenges to its hegemony, US imperialism is escalating militarism, state terrorism and wars of aggression. The biggest armed conflicts and greatest instability are happening in regions where US intervention is most extensive – West, Central and South Asia, and West and Central Africa. These are also the regions with the greatest concentration of strategic resources, foremost of which is oil, the control of which is an explicit aim of US military policy since the 1950s.

The US occupation of Iraq has entered its seventh year with no end in sight, contrary to Obama's promise to end US combat mission in Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010. The US is ramping up its war in Afghanistan by sending 30,000 additional troops plus tens of thousands of private contractors, using the country as a laboratory for new US weaponry and combat tactics, such as the use of drone attacks. It has entered into a new nuclear agreement with India to support the latter's military upgrading and keep the Pakistan-China alliance in check.

The US continues to use the US-Zionist alliance to terrorize the entire Middle East and to seize the oil and other natural resources. US support for Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people has resulted in the most atrocious war crimes and human rights violations by Israeli Zionism and in the humanitarian crisis such as that in Gaza.

In Africa, the US has fortified its military presence by creating the African Command or Africom, and has increased arms sales, military aid and training provided to a number of African countries, particularly in the oil- and mineral-rich countries.

The US has also recently sealed a deal to use seven military bases in Colombia for 10 years to use as its staging ground for intervention within the country and expand its "expeditionary warfare capability" throughout the region, particularly against "anti-US governments" identified by the Pentagon such as Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia. In Honduras, the US-inspired coup d'etat that deposed elected President Manuel Zelaya will mark its one-year anniversary on June 28, 2010 as rumours of other possible coups spread in Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela (and possibly in other countries that have rejected the increasingly discredited Washington Consensus). Hugo Chavez, in particular, is the object of vitriolic propaganda in the monopoly capitalist media – which is possibly a precursor to and justification for destabilization or even direct aggression against Venezuela. Even the recent humanitarian disaster in Haiti is used by the US to extend direct military control over the Haitian people and their economy.

In the whole East Asia, the US continues to apply on China a policy of engagement and containment and is increasingly exerting economic and political pressures. It is exerting more of such pressures on Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In the Philippines, the continued presence of US troops and military facilities and the continued supply of military aid underwrite the government's vicious counter-insurgency program which targets both armed and unarmed civilians alike and props up the corrupt and fascist puppet Arroyo government.

US military aggression and intervention throughout the world is resulting in massive civilian deaths, destruction of vital infrastructure, trampling of national cultures, pillaging of natural resources, massive displacement and other gross human rights violations, spread of hunger and disease.

The Proletariat and Peoples of World Resist

The worsening conditions of global economic and financial crisis and the escalation of imperialist plunder and wars of aggression are inciting the proletariat and peoples of the world to wage various forms of struggle.

Workers of the world are confronted not only by individual capitalist bosses extracting surplus value in particular workplaces. The monopoly bourgeoisie is attacking the working masses by using the entire coercive apparatus of the state in the imperialist countries and in the imperialist- dominated countries. The workers and peoples of the world are aware that they cannot simply bargain for higher wages and benefits. They are desirous of wresting political power from their oppressors and use state power to uphold their rights and interests.

In various countries, large-scale protests mainly against governments' responses to the crisis are breaking out and catching international attention. Greece was recently rocked and brought to a standstill by strikes and other forms of actions that oppose government plans to cut down on social spending and raise taxes to address foreign debt and mounting deficit. Farmers' tractors were used to block roads; ferries were left tied up at the ports; hospitals, schools and other public services were shut down; and even news broadcasts were suspended as hundreds of thousands joined militant protests. The workers and people of Greece are saying "no" to government efforts to make them pay for decades of misuse of government funds for political patronage, corruption and consumption through debt financing.

In France, hundreds of thousands also joined protests against the Sarkozy regime's plan to overhaul the national pension system by cutting pension and raising the retirement age in an attempt to solve the country's deficit. Organizers of the protests also raised demands for job security, better working conditions and higher wages. In all countries of Europe, especially in Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Greece and Spain, the level of social discontent and protest is rising because of the increasing rate of unemployment, the erosion of social benefits and the deterioration of living conditions.

In the US, the workers and immigrants undertook strikes and protest rallies. Hundreds of thousands of students and faculty launched protests against cuts in the education budget and increases in tuition. They were expressing outrage at the Obama regime's policy of bailing out banks and huge corporations and of pouring money into the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to the detriment of education and other social services.

Despite US imperialism' s sabotage attempts, the governments of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and North Korea are vocal in asserting national sovereignty and opposing imperialism' s dictates to their countries and the world. Their popular leaders declare that their countries are waging revolution for socialism. Their governments have been able to cushion the worst effects of the current crisis on the workers and peoples, and have even improved the standard of living in their respective countries. They are now mobilizing workers and peoples to change the socio-economic structures. Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia are active in encouraging their fellow Latin American countries to enhance economic cooperation in that region.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed resistance of the workers and peoples against direct US colonial rule and for national liberation are dealing severe military and political blows on the military might of US imperialism. The imposition by force of US-backed puppet governments in these countries has only intensified the workers and peoples' anger at US imperialism.

The armed resistance in these countries is encouraging the American workers and peoples' condemnation of their government's continuing war of aggression. It is also showing to the workers and peoples of the world that US military might can be resisted and put to shame, and that direct US occupation and colonial rule must be opposed at all costs.

There are proletarian parties in Asia, Latin America and Asia that are waging or are preparing to wage revolutionary armed struggle. The workers and peoples of the Philippines, India, Turkey, Congo, Niger Delta, Peru and Colombia are waging people's wars for national liberation and democracy. They are persevering in the face of various campaigns of suppression by regimes that are supported by US imperialism under the pretext of the latter's so-called "global war on terror." In the Philippines, the revolutionary movement is aiming for a qualitative leap from strategic defensive to strategic stalemate in five years, by taking advantage of the intensifying global and national crises and building on current strengths and experiences.

In India and Nepal, revolutionary armed movements led by proletarian revolutionary parties continue to advance with the support of the workers and peoples in these countries. The revolutionary movement in India is steadily gaining strength, forcing the prime minister to say that "We are losing the war with the Maoists". After overthrowing the monarchy and achieving great successes in the legal militant struggles and elections, the revolutionary movement in Nepal is now gearing for the seizure of state power to defend national independence and build socialism.

After two decades of blabbering about the "end of history," the imperialists and their paid propagandists are being put to shame by the perseverance of ordinary workers and people in revolutionary struggle in order to collectively and militantly make history, and to put an end to such a backward and moribund system as imperialism.

All the struggles of the workers and peoples against imperialism and reaction are contributory to the relentless advance towards a new and better world of national independence, democracy, development, social justice and peace. We call on the workers and peoples of the world to intensify their struggles against imperialist plunder and wars of aggression and open the way to socialism! #

    Photo by JMTaguiwalo
    Photo by JMTaguiwalo
     
     
     
     
     
▲  Daughter of Gen. Danny Lim delivers the message of her father who is running for senator ////
....and is greeted by the wife of KMU Chair Bong Labog ▲
     
Burning the effigy photos by Ron Villegas
     

 

Union leaders from various countries show solidarity with the Kilusang Mayo

They came from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, HongKong, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea

and displayed their own banners calling for “Jobs for All, not Jobs for Profit” in their own languages

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As May 1 protests ring across the nation: Act on labor’s demands on Day 1, KMU tells next president
Date:
May One, 2010
Reference Person:
Elmer "Bong" Labog, KMU Chairperson
Contact information:
0908-163-6597 / 0919-416-3451

Tens of thousands of workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno joined today’s commemoration of the International Workers’ Day to send a strong message to whoever wins the presidential race: act on labor’s demands on jobs, wages and labor rights on Day 1.

“Gloria Arroyo would be leaving the ugliest labor situation in history – two-year wage freeze, record unemployment, and countless violations of labor rights. For the next administration to let Day 1 pass without addressing our woes is like hinting another round of anti-labor rule,” said KMU Chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.

KMU said the next president should act on workers demands for the passage of a substantial legislated wage hike, scrapping of contractualization policies, junking of the Assumption of Jurisdiction power of the labor secretary and for a regulation of oil prices and electricity charges.

The group also noted that such demands are within the backdrop of a continuing labor unrest, which is the product of Arroyo’s willful neglect of workers for nine years.

“On this very important day for workers of the country and the world, we put forward these demands that are most important for all of us. We have shown today our political will to push these demands beyond June 30. Whoever assumes the highest post in the land should show some political will as well,” Labog said.

The labor leader said only a substantial legislated wage hike can provide immediate relief to the Filipino workers and people who are suffering from hunger and poverty and are immersed in debt right now.

“The post-Arroyo government should scrap policies that legalize contractualization of labor. There should be security of tenure for Filipino workers. There should be equal pay for equal work,” said Labog.

“The Assumption of Jurisdiction power of the labor secretary should be scrapped. We have seen the extreme consequence of this power – the Hacienda Luisita massacre, which is the most brutal dispersal of workers’ strike in history,” Labog added.

Meanwhile, Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglunsod said the country’s next leader should scrutinize existing policies on electricty charges and oil pricing at the minimum and should push for the scrapping of policies that cause unabated hikes, particularly the Oil Deregulation Law and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). “Reversal of existing anti-people policies is necessary.”

“The Arroyo regime has not lifted a finger to open the books of big corporations which charge more than what they should. We hope that the country’s next leader would put a stop to the profiteering schemes of these greedy firms,” Maglunsod concluded. #

 

 

LABOR DAY 2010
Nationwide protests to be led by KMU
and Anakpawis Partylist


 

Metro Manila         

 

8 am                picket at SMX Mall of Asia job fair, Pasay

9:30 am          unveiling of Crispin Beltran’s bas relief at Plaza Miranda, Manila
10 am              assembly in four key protest centers
                                    > UST, España (main assembly point)
                                    > Bumentritt cor. Sta. Cruz
                                    > Quirino cor. Taft
                                    > Plaza Moriones, Tondo

12 nn               march to Liwasang Bonifacio

2 pm                arrival at Liwasang Bonifacio;

2 – 5 pm          start of main program
                                 Highlights:
                                 Burning of Arroyo effigy (Arroyo behind bars, with crocodile body)                      
                                 Presentation of the Agenda of the Toiling Masses
                                 Playback of Oust GMA jingles from 2001

                                    Participation of labor leaders from various countries

5 – 6 pm          march to Mendiola

6 pm                lighting of a thousand torches

6:30 – 8 pm    program finale in Mendiola

 

 

For interviews:            Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU Chairperson, 0908-163-6597

Media coordination:     Wendell Gumban, KMU media liaison,
0919-416-3451
 

Main regional protest centers

 

Baguio City | Tarlac | Calamba | Davao City | Cebu City | General Santos City | Cagayan de Oro | Tacloban City

 

     
     
     
     
           
     
Visiting labor leaders from various countries at the historic Mendiola Bridge.
     

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NEWS RELEASE
30 April 2010

Nationwide Labor Day protests all set
Palace gimmicks on Labor Day won’t solve workers’ woes - KMU

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said that nothing can prevent workers from joining the nationwide Labor Day rallies tomorrow, especially as the government obviously attempts to dilute the significance of Labor Day through its mega-job fairs, holiday economics and non-wage benefits.

KMU chairperson Elmer Labog said workers are determined to raise their urgent concerns tomorrow in the nationally-coordinated actions in the National Capital Region and urban cities nationwide.

Meanwhile, in response to Malacanang’s granting of P200 million to the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and other “labor groups” as “assistance package,” Labog said the government bribed TUCP to keep its mouth shut on the issue of workers’ wage increase.

“It is the TUCP leadership’s reward for conniving with Arroyo for nine years. Now it is clear: the TUCP’s recent “struggle” for wage hike is nothing but a battering ram for extracting a doleout from the government – from taxpayers’ money, no less.”

“What these yellow leaders have done to Filipino workers is no less than treachery. They rode on the clamor for wage increase in the name of stuffing their pockets with millions while leaving the workers with nothing. They and their corrupt deeds should be condemned,” said Labog.

Job fairytales and wage freeze

On the Department of Labor and Employment’s mega-job fairs tomorrow, Labog said it only affirms the fact that Arroyo merely gave Filipinos job fairs and not jobs. He said that the increasing number of attendees in job fairs proves that these are a big failure. Many workers are already calling these “job fairytales” or “joke fairs” because they fail to provide jobs to the thousands who seek work.”

Workers are demanding for economic relief through actual wage hikes and not non-wage benefits. In her remaining days in office, Arroyo persisted to be averse to any wage increase for workers.

Labog said that while KMU also supports amendments to the antiquated Labor Code, it does not agree with the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP)’s proposals.

“The proposed amendments of ECOP will only make the Labor Code more of a monster. These proposals – which include openly legalizing labor contractualization and flexibilization schemes, repealing the prohibition for night work for women, and greater leeway for employers to fix wage levels during times of ‘economic difficulty’– will plunge the local labor force deeper into poverty and hunger.

For interviews: Ka Bong Labog, 0908-163-6597

Media liaison officer: Wendell Gumban, 0919-416-3451

 

Download: Arroyo's grim record on Labor
 

 

Mendiola
     
           
    KMP Rep. Joel Maglunsod
     

Salubungan at Liwasang Bonifacio and Liwasan Scenes

Groups from various Metro Manila points converge at Liawasang Bonifacio

Photos by JMTaguiwalo

           

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IBON Features | May 2010

THE MAY 1, 2010 QUESTION: WHAT HOPE HAS LABOR IN THE 2010 POLLS?

Many hope that the elections will usher in reforms and alleviate the worsening
plight of the Filipino people, including the country's 38.6-million labor force.

IBON Features—Today's commemoration of Labor Day will be marked not only by
workers' affirmation of a continuing struggle for their rights but also by
their participation in the coming May 2010 national elections. Like for many,
this period symbolizes hope that the elections will usher in reforms and
alleviate the worsening plight of the Filipino people, including the country's
38.6-million labor force.

The Filipino worker's misery has been worsened under the Arroyo administration
due to job insecurity, measly wages, poor working conditions and attacks on
workers' civil and political rights. Labor contractualization has become legal
with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Order #18-02 of 2002,
wherein actual work term can be shortened than what is stated in the contract.
The minimum wage has for a long time been pegged at a miserable low (P382 in
NCR) against government's own family living wage estimate (conservatively at
P917 in NCR). Workers also continue to lament DOLE's Assumption of
Jurisdiction order which calls for government takeover management's handling
of workers' strikes, which has led to violence and bloodshed in picket lines.

The Arroyo administration has also vigorously encouraged Filipinos to work
abroad: 8.2 million overseas Filipinos have been recorded in 2008, counting
4.3 million temporary workers and 3.8 million permanent residents, while 1.29
million more overseas Filipino workers [OFWs] - counting an average of 3,845
OFWs per day - were deployed abroad in 2009.

The country's unemployment rate has reached its worst nine-year sustained high
of joblessness since 1956 at 11.2% counting 4.3 million Filipinos. The
employment figure of 35.1 million in 2009 attempts to conceal poor quality of
work revealed in these figures: 4.2 million are unpaid family workers, 12.2
million are own account workers while 11.7 million wage and salary workers are
without written contracts. Similarly, one out of three jobs are merely
part-time work, 6.6 million Filipinos are underemployed (employed but still
looking for more work and income) and the number of working children aged 5-17
years old number 2.7 million.

Workers' demands and the presidentiables

This election season, workers' groups put forward their demands which they
call on candidates, especially the presidentiables, to squarely address: just
wages, job opportunities and security, humane working conditions, a reversal
of the labor export and labor contractualization policies and justice for
victims of union busting and repression. Change groups also urge candidates to
make a stand on protecting the domestic industry by addressing working
people's issues. How do the presidentiables fare with regard to these demands?
More concretely, how far has each gone to genuinely address workers’ issues?

Pro-labor platforms

In her platform, independent candidate Maria Ana Consuelo ‘Jamby’ Madrigal
states a comprehensive, pro-labor stand. According to her, a genuine and
pro-Filipino industrialization will ensure adequate and decently paying jobs.
She also says that Filipino labor must be protected and nurtured through
living wages, regularization of work tenure, banning of contractualization and
agency-hiring, and defense of migrant rights. Her platform fully supports the
campaign for a nationwide P125 across-the-board daily hike in wages.

Like Madrigal, the platform of Bangon Pilipinas candidate Eduardo 'Eddie'
Villanueva boasts of support for labor and the local industry: shifting the
direction of Philippine agriculture to producing finished products over mere
raw materials and providing support for research and development for this
purpose; generation, growth and development of small and medium enterprises;
development of skilled and smart labor by granting scholarships for poor but
deserving youth; forging a strong and vibrant domestic economy by adopting a
policy of 'self-help first before foreign aid'; and lifting tariffs and duties
for equipment and technology to aid Filipino invention and production of
goods. He believes that the state should promote an environment where job and
business opportunities will enable Filipinos to live decently.

Pronouncements

Most candidates' platforms support job opportunities, jobs security and just
wages, such as that of Liberal Party's Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino, John Carlos
'JC' Delos Reyes of Ang Kapatiran Party and independent candidate Nicanor
Jesus ‘Nick’ Perlas III. Creating jobs at home so that working abroad will be
an option rather than a necessity and protection for overseas Filipino workers
(OFWs) are also common in almost all of the presidentiables' platforms,
especially that of Aquino, Delos Reyes, Madrigal, Villanueva and Bagumbayan
presidential candidate Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon.

However, Gordon contradicts his own pronouncement about OFWs with his plan to
encourage migration into jobs and countries with higher potential for
skill-acquisition and to make OFWs global ambassadors for global expansion and
tourism.

Meanwhile, Lakas-Kampi presidential candidate Gilberto ‘Gibo’ Teodoro Jr. says
that there is a need for more job-creating opportunities especially in the
industry and services sectors. Manuel 'Manny' Villar of the Nacionalista Party
further believes that a government stimulus package could address the needs of
laborers and employees for a just and decent wage. However, both Teodoro and
Villar say it is up to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC)
and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) to handle
petitions for wage hikes. This is despite complaints from the labor sector
that these bodies are more inclined to favor employers rather the interests of
employees.

On the issue of strengthening the domestic industry to ensure local job
creation, Aquino’s plan is a bit broad, saying he plans to “harness homegrown
talents” for economic growth. Meanwhile, Gordon’s plan does not veer much from
the past administrations’ strategy, saying he plans to turn Luzon into an
investment hub with industries relocation, infrastructure building, seaports,
airports and super-highways. He also plans to turn Visayas and Mindanao into
tourism, agriculture and aquaculture centers. Former president Joseph 'Erap'
Estrada, meanwhile, believes that economic growth should be spurred by
strengthening the domestic economy especially in the field of agriculture.
Delos Reyes plans to generate jobs by allowing small and medium enterprises
(SMEs), including cooperatives, to thrive without corruption and with tax
exemptions for small businesses.

Villar's platform particularly states that the key to economic growth, aside
from agricultural development, is the promotion of a viable manufacturing
sector. He says that government must fully support the development of local
industries, including SMEs, through subsidies and tax relief for Filipino
industrialists.

On the other hand, the prospect for strengthening the domestic economy dims in
Teodoro's plan to allow foreigners to fully own lands for commercial and
industrial purposes. Also instead of building the domestic industry with local
resources and capacity, Teodoro's vision is similar to those of past
administrations that highly relied on attracting foreign investments.

Weak track records

In terms of promoting workers' interests, the track record so far of Delos
Reyes, Teodoro and Villanueva are lacking. Meanwhile, the track record of the
rest of the candidates serves as a better gauge of how genuine their support
for labor is compared to their promises.

As senator, Noynoy Aquino authored the Productivity Incentives Act that grants
annual productivity incentives to all private sector workers and increases
penalties for non-compliance to “prescribed increases and adjustments in the
wage rates of workers.” However, all of Aquino's positive written and spoken
notes on jobs and wages are offset by his long-time tolerance of unfair labor
practice and unjust workers' wages as part owner of Hacienda Luisita. He has
also not expressed explicit support for a P125 across-the-board wage increase.

Under the Estrada presidency, unemployment rate rose to 11.2% in 2000 from
10.3% in 1998, which saw 416,000 more jobless Filipinos. Livelihood and
employment, which were among the flagship programs of the then National
Anti-Poverty Commission, never inched forward due to lack of funds. Instead,
labor export and contractualization flourished. Major strikes were also
violently dispersed, such as those by the workers of the Philippine Air Lines,
Light Rail Transit and the Manila Hotel. Estrada also ignored calls for
minimum wage increases for fear of “scaring away investors” and taking away
the country's comparative advantage in labor costs.

Like Teodoro, former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SMBA) chairperson
Gordon's idea of building the local industry to create jobs is not through
boosting the capacity of the local manufacturing industry but through tourism
and attracting foreign investments. For example in 1996, years after the
removal of the US military bases, there was an influx of foreign blue-chip
companies in Subic after he aggressively promoted the SBMA to foreign investors.

Through her foundations, Madrigal says she has sponsored livelihood programs
particularly for women workers. For example, through her Abad Santos Madrigal
Foundation, a Basic Reflexology Training Program was able to train more than
10,000 reflexology therapists nationwide. Meanwhile, Perlas says he has helped
with poverty reduction and job creation in over 230,000 micro-finance partners
throughout the country as a former bank officer.

As a legislator for several years, Villar authored several bills pertaining to
the development of local SMEs and the promotion of working people's rights.
Some tackled the establishment of an SME stock exchange and regional and
provincial business one-stop shop centers for these; development of and
assistance for micro and cottage industries; job training programs for mature
or older workers; and the further development of Filipino seafarers through
information and technology.

Beyond elections

After May 10, Filipinos have yet to wait and see if the winning candidates
have enough political will in pushing for the genuine upliftment of workers
and the domestic industry. This is especially since history has proven that
elections have not been the perfect vehicle for even alleviating the plight of
Filipino workers, moreso if compared with the workers' vigilance in
tirelessly, constantly and creatively echoing their demands and working
determinedly to address them. IBON Features
 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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NEWS:
May 01, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reference:
Rep. Raymond Palatino, 09085927099
Gerg Anrol Cahiles, Media Officer, 09273670948

On Labor Day
Clear platform on jobs for 550,000 new graduates sought from presidential bets

Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond ‘Mong’ Palatino today urged presidential candidates to provide a clear and categorical platform on how to resolve the rising unemployment rate as 550,000 new graduates are expected to enter the work force this summer.

“We fear that most of our new graduates will be joining the 3 million jobless Filipinos if the next government does not make decisive moves to create decent jobs.”

Palatino said that their group is posing the challenge to the next government because they have long given up on the Arroyo administration.

“For the last nine years our new graduates have been promised at least one million jobs every year but we have not seen a significant rise in employment. All statistics depicting an improvement in our employment rate are either misleading or short-lived,” he said.

Palatino stressed that even the most popular jobs offered by business process outsourcing (BPO) companies are limited and cannot accommodate new graduates. New college degree holders will be competing for 50,000 jobs offered by BPO companies, he added.

The youth solon said that presidentiables should include in their legislative agenda the provision of decent jobs in the country instead of carrying on with Arroyo’s labor export policy.

“The only option left for our new graduates is to leave the country and work abroad in professions that have little or nothing to do with their degrees. This is the sad reality in the employment crisis, our bright and competitive graduates are being pushed to go abroad when they can do so much more for the country.”

He cited recent National Statistics Office (NSO) data showing that most jobless Filipinos are from the 15-24 age group.

“This is high time for the presidential bets to show the youth that they are determined to alleviate unemployment and poverty in the Philippines,” Palatino said.

BPO entrance exams to raise unemployment among new grads

Palatino also hit the mandatory entrance examination for wannabe BPO workers saying that it would only worsen the unemployment situation.

“BPOs are now even implementing a standardized competency exam to streamline the recruitment of their applicants so we expect a lesser number of new graduates being hired.”

He said that in the guise of “improving the quality of the BPO sector,” the government, hand in hand with BPOs are further narrowing down the prospects of employment for new graduates.

“This is supposed to be our ’sunshine industry’? We see no light shining for our new graduates if they continue to push through with these exams,” he said.

The youth solon said that the P500 examination fee will also further discourage job seekers. ###
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Office of Rep. Raymond ‘Mong’ Palatino
Temporary Office at 3rd Floor, Main Building
House of Representatives, Batasan Complex, Quezon City

Reference:
Kabataan Party-list Rep. Mong Palatino
Mobile: 09085927099
Email: cong.mongpalatino@gmail.com

Gerg Anrol Cahiles, Media Officer
Mobile: 09273670948

     
     
     
           

PAGGUNITA, PAGLABAN, AT PAGBABAGO

Pahayag ng CONTEND para sa Internasyunal na Araw ng Paggawa

1 Mayo 2010

  

Habang ipinagdiriwang ng mga manggagawa sa iba’t ibang sulok ng mundo ang Internasyunal na Araw ng Paggawa, pinili naman ni Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo na maliitin ito sa pamamagitan ng paglipat sa araw ng paggunita mula Mayo Uno papuntang Mayo 3. Bilang bahagi ng tinaguriang ‘holiday economics’ ni Arroyo, nilalayon nitong mahikayat ang mga tao tungo sa mas mataas na pagkonsumo dahil sa ‘long weekend’. Naglulunsad rin ng mega-job fairs upang ilayo ang laksa-laksang mga Pilipino walang hanapbuhay mula sa pag-martsa sa lansangan.

 

Ngunit taliwas sa nais ng rehimeng Arroyo, Ipinapakita lamang daan-daan-libong sumusugod sa mga job fairs na ito kung gaano kalaganap ang kawalan ng kabuhayan sa bansa – sa laksa-laksang nagbabakasakali, marami ang bigong makahanap ng trabaho na akma sa limitadong kakayahang napulot mula sa komersyalisadong sistema ng edukasyon sa bansa. At paano nga ba makikibahagi ang uring manggagawa sa ipinagmamalaking ‘holiday economics’ ni Arroyo, kung ang kalakhan ng mamamayan ay hindi sapat ang kinikita para buhayin ang kanilang mga pamilya.

 

Ang kawalan ng respeto ni Arroyo sa historikal na kahalagahan ng Araw ng Paggawa ay repleksyon lamang ng mas malawakang paglalapastangan ng kanyang rehimen sa mga manggagawang Pilipino. Ayon sa National Wages and Productivity Commision, kailangan ng P920 bawat araw ng isang pamilyang may anim na miyembro. Malayung-malayo sa kasalukuyang minimum wage na P380. Sa pamamagitan naman ng Regional wage boards, lalong napapanatiling mababa ang sahod sa mga lugar na hindi saklaw ng National Capital Region (NCR).

 

Ang pagpapanatili sa limos na sahod ay nagiging posible rin sa pagpapalaganap ng kawalan ng kasiguruhan sa paggawa. Ayon sa IBON Foundation, isa sa apat (1 out of four) na mga manggawang Pilipino ay hindi sumasahod ng minimum wage o may casual, contractual, probationary, apprentice o seasonal status. Umaabot na ito sa 4.67 milyon noong 2009. Batay din sa National Statistics Office (NSO), 37.3% (o 11.71 milyon) lamang ng mga manggagawa ang may nakatalang kontrata – ang iba ay mga berbal na kontrata lamang o walang anumang uri ng kontrata. Sa pagtanggal ng posibilidad ng regularisasyon at pagpapataas sa inseguridad, tinatanggalan din ang mga manggawa ng karapatan sa pagtanggap ng minimum wage, mga benepisyo, at karapatang magtayo o maging kasapi ng unyon. Nagbibigay naman ito ng kakayahan sa mga negosyante na lalong baratin ang sahod, buwagin ang unyon, at tanggalin na lamang basta-basta sa trabaho ang mga manggagawa.

 

Suportado ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang “no union policy” na ito sa ngalan ng “industrial peace” at madalas din na gamitin ang “AJ” o “assumption of jurisdiction” para pigilan ang pagwewelga ng mga manggagawa at bigyan ito ng karapatan na gamitan ng pwersang pulis at military ang mga welgista. Sa ilalim din ng pamumuno ni Arroyo naging target ng sistematikong pulitikal na pamamaslang ang sektor ng manggagawa. Mula 2001, 102 ang pinaslang (extra-judicial killing) at 10 ang biktima ng sapilitang pagdukot (enforced disappearance) mula pa lamang sa Kilusang Mayo Uno at Anakpawis sa pagtatangkang takutin ang uring manggagawa at supilin ang organisadong pwersa na tumututol sa mga mapaniil na polisiya ng pamahalaan.

 

 

 

Taong 1999 pa nang pangunahan ng Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) ang panawagan para sa umentong P125 sa sahod, pero lagi itong pinipigil ng mga pulitiko at ng mga “dilawang unyon.” Isa rito ang Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) na nakikipagsabwatan sa administrasyon para lituhin ang mamamayan sa tunay na dapat hilingin ng sektor ng manggagawa. Bukod sa higit na mababa ang hinihiling nitong umento (P15 imbis na P125), ipinagtatanggol din nito ang interes ng mga kapitalista sa pagsasabing hindi posible ang P125-dagdag dahil “malulugi” ang mga negosyante. Matagal nang pinabulaanan ito ng mga pag-aaral na ginawa sa mga dayuhan kumpanya at maging ng maliliit na negosyante. Sa kaso pa lamang ng mga dayuhang korporasyon, lumilitaw na $3 ang tinutubo ng mga ito sa isang taon sa bawat $1 pinuhunan nila dito. Lalo pang nalantad ang pagiging peke ng unyonismo ng TUCP nang pagkalooban ito ng P200 milyong “assistance package” ni Arroyo mula sa buwis ng mamamayan. Sa halip na tugunan ang matagal nang panawagan para sa aktwal na pagtataas na sahod, mas pinili ng pamahalaan na magbigay ng mga non-wage benefits at gamitin ang pera ng mamamayan para unyong anti-manggagawa.

 

Tulad ng mga manggagawa, ang mga guro ay nakakaranas din ng mababang pasahod sa kabila ng parami nang paraming bilang ng estudyante kada klasrum, at pagpapatupad ng three-shift schedule. Ang lahat ng ito ay dulot ng pag-abandona ng estado sa responsibilidad nito na bigyan ng prioridad sa badyet ang sistema ng edukasyon. Maging ang matagal nang panawagan ng Alliance of Concerned Teacers para sa P3,000 across-the-board wage increase ng mga guro sa pampublikong paaralan at empleyado ng gobyerno ay di binibigyan ng kaukulang pansin. Sa huli, iisa ang kalagayan ng mga guro at manggagawa sa ilalim ng rehimeng Arroyo at ng atrasadong ekonomiya ng Pilipinas.

 

Ang eleksyon sa Mayo 10 ay nagbubukas ng pagkakataon na maghalal ng mga indibidwal na maggigiit ng tunay na interes ng mga manggagawa at kalakhan ng mamamayan. Kung ang mga tradisyunal na pulitiko ay tuwing panahon ng kampanya lamang ginagamit ang retorika ng “bayan,” “mamamayan,” “interes ng nakararami” upang muling mahalal, pinatunayan na ng track record sa serbisyo publiko nina Satur Ocampo (Bayan Muna) at Liza Maza (GABRIELA) ang kanilang matatag na paninindigan para sa uring manggagawa sa pamamagitan ng paghain ng House Bill 345 sa Kongreso (para sa P125 across the board wage increase) at ang tuluy-tuloy na pakikiisa sa bawat laban ng mamamayan.

 

Ang araw na ito, Mayo Uno, ay hindi lang araw ng paggunita sa kasaysayan ng paggiit ng uring proletaryado sa mas nakabubuhay na sahod at mas maayos na kondisyon sa paggawa, kundi higit bilang pagpapakitang-pwersa at potensya ng uring manggagawa para baguhin ang lipunan. Ang CONTEND, kasama ang iba pang pinagsasamantalang sektor, ay nakikiisa sa makatuwirang laban ng mga manggagawa sa pagsusulong ng isang mas malaya at makataong lipunan.

 

WAKASAN ANG REHIMENG ARROYO!

ISULONG ANG PANAWAGANG P125 UMENTO SA SAHOD! BUWAGIN ANG REGIONAL WAGE BOARDS!

IBOTO ANG MGA PROGRESIBONG LEHISLADOR, LIZA MASA AT SATUR OCAMPO SA SENADO!

IBOTO ANG TUNAY NA TINIG NG TEACHERS, ACT TEACHERS PARTYLIST SA KONGRESO!

MGA MANGGAGAWA, MAGKAISA! LABANAN ANG BULOK NA SISTEMA!

 

- Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy

 

           
     
     
     

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BY ELMER A. ORDOÑEZ

On Labor Day, I would like to dwell on four nationalists on the side of the masses. Two (Ka Satur Ocampo and Ka Lisa Maza) are running for senator in this election; one, Dr. Dante Simbulan, now a US resident, is joining his family and friends here on his 80TH birthday on Monday, and the other, Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran, Anakpawis party-list representative, died in 2008—acknowledged as the most respected and revered labor leader of the country.

Satur Ocampo and Lisa Maza, partylist representatives (Bayan Muna and Gabriela), are in the senatorial race as guest candidates of the Nacionalista Party ticket with Manuel Villar as its presidential candidate. Political colleagues of Ka Satur and Ka Lisa were initially surprised, to put it mildly, until they explained that they have a principled agreement with Villar that their advocacies in land reform, human rights, workers welfare, women’s rights, national sovereignty, industrialization and other people’s causes are honored.

Ka Lisa as a UP student leader started integrating with poor women, and joined Gabriela which she has represented since 2004. In the House, her first speech was on the plight of Mangyan women in heavily militarized Mindoro Oriental. She has authored/sponsored bills on anti-trafficking in persons, anti-violence on women/children, reproductive health, and an end to contractual labor, among many others. She has urged legislators to allocate 20 percent of their “pork barrel” (PDAF) to classrooms.

As progressive partylist representative, she has experienced harassment from the GMA administration and military – including the Palace cutting of her share of the Priority Development Assistance Fund and being charged (with Ocampo, Beltran, Teodoro Casino, and Rafael Mariano) with rebellion and sedition – which were voided by the Supreme Court. Lisa Maza stands as an inspiration to mass leaders struggling for women’s and workers’ welfare, and deserves a Senate seat to give a strong voice to the dispossessed.

Satur Ocampo, born of landless tenants, was a working student, became a founding member of Kabataang Makabayan, and developed as a journalist to become assistant business editor of the Manila Times until martial law in 1972. He went underground, was arrested in 1976, tortured heavily and incarcerated in various jails where he led fellow prisoners overcome despair. In 1985 he escaped while allowed to cast his vote in the National Press Club election. He became head of the NDF peace panel in 1986 but forced to return underground because of the Mendiola massacre. He was rearrested in 1989 together with wife Bobbie Malay, and released in 1992; they were never found guilty of any crime. As partylist representative, he was subjected to harassment together with Casino, Beltran, Maza, and Mariano– including charges of kidnapping with murder — which were dismissed by the court.

He, Ka Lisa and other progressive party-list representatives have been consistent in exposing the corruption, human rights violations, subservience to US policy, among others, of the present administration. Hence the establishment is trying to destroy party-list representation by registering scores of bogus party-list groups.

Ka Satur and Ka Lisa would truly represent the marginalized in the Senate. They have not enriched themselves while in the House.

Dr. Dante Simbulan is the author of The Modern Principalia: A Historical Evolution of the Philippine Oligarchy—based on his Ph.D. thesis at the Australian National University in 1967. The thesis acquired the reputation of being “the most cited and quoted unpublished book” in political studies, as Prof. David Wurfel put it in a conference at Windsor University (Ontario, Canada), which Dante and I attended in the early 80s. His data on the oligarchic families that Dr. Simbulan gathered in the early 60s for his book remains remarkably relevant to this day. He wrote: “What we really have is an oligarchy composed of plutocrats, of wealthy people, whose source of power is not the sovereign will of the people, but mainly the possession of wealth and other requisites of influence that have been acquired through the immoral and highly unquestionable use of such wealth.”

Dr. Simbulan was an honor PMA graduate, thrust into the war against the Huks, and saw the alienation of the people who would close their homes and hide their chickens and pigs whenever the army entered their barrios. His son, UP professor Roland Simbulan, recalled that his father as PMA professor invited progressives to speak before the cadets, and was “bawled out” by the superintendent. The visitors included Antonio and Gemma Araneta, Francisco Nemenzo,Jr., and Jose Maria Sison. Cadet Victor Corpuz underwent a Paulinian conversion and as PC lieutenant, joined the New People’s Army by first raiding the PMA armory. In 1967 Dante resigned as colonel, taught in Ateneo and PCC, was arrested during martial law and detained for more than two years. He later went to the US to organize the Church Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, working for the termination of US aid to Marcos.

A Labor Day tribute would not be complete without mentioning Ka Bel who has stood tall in the pantheon of labor. While many labor leaders were co-opted by the establishment, Ka Bel headed the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno, was arrested and detained, escaped (with the help of his wife Ka Osang) and integrated with peasants in Central Luzon. As partylist representative (Bayan Muna and Anakpawis), Ka Bel pushed bills to benefit the masses.

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League of Filipino Students
118-B Sct. Rallos Ext. Bgy Sacred Heart, Quezon City

PRESS RELEASE
April 28, 2010

New Grads Troop to DOLE to Demand Employment

"The graduation speakers are wrong. After graduation, the new
graduates are without work nor can they expect any bright future
anytime soon." This was the statement of Terry Ridon, national
chairperson of the League of Filipino Students, as students and youth
picketed the Department of Labor and Employment to decry growing youth
unemployment despite being bright-eyed new graduates.

Ridon said that with the current state of the economy and the economic
policies of the Arroyo administration, new graduates can only expect
menial jobs abroad and slavish employment in call centers.

"Worse, the leading presidential contender, Noynoy Aquino promises
more of the same policies on the economy and employment as Mrs.
Arroyo."

Ridon said that Aquino affirmed free enterprise and foreign labor
export as pillars of his economic agenda.

"With such continuance, the nine years of hardship under Arroyo will
still be experienced under an Aquino presidency."

Ridon lamented that most of his economic advisers were those from the
Arroyo administration, notwithstanding the having support of
'neoliberal' economic luminaries of the Cory administration who were
the architects of privatization and deregulation after the
dictatorship.

Privatization had caused the sale of basic industries like water and
electricity to the private sector. Deregulation had caused the prices
of oil to uncontrollably spiral upwards since the 90s.

"We thus vow not only to ensure the end of the Arroyo government by
June 30, but also to prevent an Aquino presidency as it would only be
more of the same policies of the current administration."

Reference: Terry Ridon, 09155310725, teridon18@gmail.com

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MAKABAYANG KOALISYON NG MAMAMAYAN –SOUTHERN TAGALOG
(MAKABAYAN-ST)
Carbern Subdivision, Brgy. Anos, Los Baños, Laguna

Press Release Reference person:
May 1, 2010 Benjamin Villeno (09213179781)
MAKABAYAN-ST Secretary General

Despite high survey ratings, militant partylist groups not complacent;
show electoral force on Labor Day

The top ratings of the latest survey of the Social Weather Station is not reason for militant partylists to celebrate and be complacent as today’s commemoration of the 107th Labor Day in the Philippines was staged consecutive with an all-out support for the MAKABAYAN coalition Miting de Avance in Southern Tagalog.

The program, which peaked to around 8,000 supporters that flooded the regional center in Crossing, Calamba City is a clear reminder of the force of the militants in the Southern Tagalog in not only ensuring seats for their progressive candidates but guard the election process against any form of electoral fraud once ballots have been casted.

MAKABAYAN –Southern Tagalog Secretary General Benjamin Villeno stated that the growing plea of the workers, peasants and other sectors of society for genuine change under the current government makes it justifiable to commemorate May 1 as a venue to campaign further the progressive partylists Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela Women’s Party, Kabataan, ACT Teachers and Katribu together with MAKABAYAN senatoriables Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza.

Throughout the day, various activities were staged in key areas of the region led by Pamantik-Kilusang Mayo Uno. Colorful motorcades were staged around the provinces of Batangas and Laguna while workers’ forums were held in Cavite and Rizal. Each of the provinces also held separate programs that reached around 2,000 participants. Information booths were also set-up around Laguna that aimed for voters’ education and awareness campaign. Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglungsod and Senatoriable Liza Maza joined the mobilization at around 4pm, in support of the region’s demand for a people’s agenda.

“The voters have only a handful of candidates including our partylists and senatoriables to rely on for a clear platform of uplifting the plight of the Filipino people. As we count the days until this long awaited election, we also count the last days of the Arroyo regime. If we lose our vigilance; either she remains in power or someone much worse will take her place,” Villeno said.

Villeno, also regional coordinator of Bayan Muna, stressed the imminent possibility of a failure of elections given the conditions that the Arroyo regime has set. He slammed the recent Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Task Force HOPE declaration of a red alert to apparently guard the people’s vote. He said election related violence can increase if coupled with a military takeover due to this policy.

“We cannot trust the military in protecting our votes, because they are the same culprits who have destroyed the credibility of the 2004 and 2007 elections. Arroyo running for congress and the chief justice by her side are added proofs that this administration will not give up its power that easily,” Villeno said.

Virgilio Colandog, Anakpawis partylist regional secretary general, emphasized the need for genuine improvement in the economic conditions of the working class. Currently in Southern Tagalog where most workers are concentrated because of economic processing zones under the CALABARZON project, the workers experience low wages and no benefits combined with inhuman working environment inside factories.

“That is why we give our full support to our progressive candidates as we are secured that they will champion the workers’ cause,” Colandog stressed and added that Arroyo’s Holiday Economics that transferred the holiday to May 3 has obviously failed to discourage the basic sectors to practice their legitimate right to express dissent in the internationally celebrated event.

Meanwhile, Leona Entena, Gabriela Women’s Party 5th nominee said that women workers’ are doubly exploited in the Philippine society –a situation that Gabriela has been fighting against for decades. Think-tank group Ibon reports that 11.2 percent average unemployment rate for the period 2001-2009 broke previous records of unemployment figures in the past five decades. Prior to the program, a “Sagala of the Youth” resembling a Flores de Mayo celebration was commenced by Kabataan Partylist Southern Tagalog, calling for education and jobs to be prioritized by new leaders.

“We see here that all sectors of society are united in the need to address the people’s issues instead of mud smearing campaign in the electoral processes. We will continue our campaign to strengthen our militant numbers and once election day comes, see to it that any hint of a failure of election is seized,” Villeno ended. #

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Reference: Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura [UMA]
Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Tubuhan [PAMATU]
National Federation of Sugar Workers [NFSW]

Farm workers under the Unyon ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Agrikultura all agreed that the Arroyo regime was the undisputed and the worst era for the working class.

In a joint statement, farm workers organizations unanimously announced their utter disgust to the Arroyo regime's anti-workers policy. "This is how Ms. Arroyo shows her depth of gratitude to our ever dependable and economic life saver Filipino workers including migrant workers by insulting their official day. Indeed Arroyo is either playing dumb or just plain and simple naïve of the workers history. Thus her latest announcement of shifting Labor Day to May 3rd this year instead of the traditional May 1st celebration is another way not respecting the working class".

"What do we expect on a president who pursues nothing but the best to foreign and local capitalists interests like wage freeze, contractualization, and no union policy? No wonder she was the darling of big monopoly capitalist countries like the United States, Japan and the European Union through its neo-liberal globalization tucked under the World Trade Organization [WTO]" the group said.

They also said that "Since Arroyo assume power in 2001, workers wages had significantly slowed, the National Economic Development Authority says that at least a minimum wage earner should received a daily take home pay of P630 while the recent take home pay is P360 pesos. In addition, if you go outside the national capital region, wage is relatively low due to the existence of the regional wage board, which facilitate on provincial and regional level. We cannot decipher why we need for the regional wage board because it does not support the clamor for a uniform wage policy. It only creates division among the workers on their fight for a just wage increase".

The group continued, "In plantations run by local and foreign partnership, farm workers in the field only received from P180 to P200, this does not include the percentage the agency that recruited a farm worker. Like in DOLE Philippines were cooperatives also serves as recruitment agency for the company. This was to ensure DOLE would not the one responsible for its workers on the issue of labor obligations such as extension and tenure. On the other hand, farm workers in hacienda style plantations received less than its counterpart, which only received a measly P100 to P120 a day. Worst seasonal farm workers who often come from other provinces only received P50 to P70 pesos".

"How can you possibly live with this kind of wage, its utter slavery and have no sense of human dignity because of their living conditions. Imagine living in a make shift house crammed with people, enduring eight to ten hours a day with out an overtime pay earning only P100? No wonder farm workers of Hacienda Luisita had enough of the Cojuangco-Aquino family who exploited them long before their children were born so they went to strike" the group lamented

The farm workers group also express that "Under the Arroyo regime, it had launched vicious attacks on the democratic rights of the workers, peasants and farm workers since Marcos dictatorship. Remember the violent dispersal of Hacienda Luisita strikers which led to the demised of seven farm workers in 2004. And in 2005 through the combined police and military forces, they massacred peasants who held a farm strike in Palo, Leyte killing nine farmers including a pregnant woman. That's not all, on December 10, 2009, Fermin Lorico, a peasant leader and a farm worker organizer was gunned down after a protest in Dumaguete city. Up to this day justice had not been served".

"This Labor Day, we are going to march side by side with our working class brothers, we want to register our despise to the lies and violence of the Arroyo regime committed to the working class. At the same time, we want to demonstrate our collective effort to assert our basic rights to organized and ensure that candidates who supported our fight for decent wage and land reform. Arroyo will not go unpunished, farm workers and the working class movement will work with other oppressed sectors to make sure she will be hound by tons of criminal and administrative cases even if she will win or not in the coming May election" the group ended
 

     
     
           
     
     
     

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Labor Leader Vincent Borja, Commemorates His Third Labor Day Behind Bars

Detained due to a trumped-up murder charge against him, Vincent Borja or commonly known to his colleagues as “Ka Bebot” commemorates his third labor day inside the prison cell today. It may be recalled that Borja, then regional coordinator of KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno/May First Movement) in Eastern Visayas was arrested by heavily armed elements of the 19th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Ormoc City last May 7, 2007. He is having an election campaign meeting with Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño when 19th I.B. Commander Lope Dagoy stormed the house where they are meeting, aimed a firearm on Borja and showed an arrest warrant addressed to a certain Tata Borja who was accused of killing a former soldier. Borja denied that he is the one cited in the arrest warrant and executed the killing but the military forcedly took and brought him to a nearby military camp.

From then on, he was detained and transferred from one detention area to another while the charge against him is pending in court. He is now detained at the Tacloban City Jail in the province of Leyte. His work as a union organizer was suppressed while his family that depends on him has been heavily distressed.

Prison condition

Citing a previous interview with him, Borja told that the occurrences outside the prison actually reflects inside and the sufferings of the Filipino workers is somehow similar to the sufferings of the prisoners. When he was transferred last year to Tacloban City Jail, each inmate receives 1.5 liters of water that they will use during the whole day for all their water needs. Borja narrated that because of this poor provision of water, many inmates suffer from illnesses such as diarrhea, tuberculosis and various skin diseases. He related it to the inadequate wages that the majority of the Filipino workers receive leading to their incapacity to provide their family needs.

Pork fats and chicken skins are the daily menu being given twice per day. Inside the cell where many inmates are middle aged, many complained against improper dietary provision that led to the high blood pressures and frequent faintness.

A 20 square meter, poorly ventilated prison cell was being shared by 60 prisoners is leading to the frequent attack of asthma to Borja.

Their struggle to improve prison condition

Due to this kind of treatment, Borja led a series of activities that started last year to demand the improvement of conditions inside the jail. Borja helped in uniting the different gangs in the jail and ratified a petition letter resembling to a collective bargaining agreement proposal. Written in that letter is their proposal on the additional supply of water to every inmate, additional budget and recommended menu on their food ration, less-stringent measures on accepting jail visitors among others.

“ Yung petition, pinirmahan yan ng lahat ng mga inmates, 100% ang sumuporta (The petition was signed by all of the inmates and gathered 100%),” Borja said. The inmates then submitted the petition to the jail officers that surprised them. Borja further stated, “Nabigla ang jail warden pagkatapos niyang matanggap yung aming petition letter, tinanong niya kaming lahat kung sino ang nagpasimuno “Noong hindi nila sinagot yung aming petisyon, naglunsad na kami ng mga noise barrage at hunger strike sa loob ng tatlong araw mula Sabado hanggang Lunes (The jail warden was shocked when he received our petition letter, he then asked us if who is the mastermind behind that letter When they did not answered our petition, we launched our noise barrage and hunger strike for three days from Saturday to Monday).” Borja told that their collective action inside the jail even prompted the jail officers to call a fire truck to disperse them but fortunately the issue has been negotiated and after that the conditions inside the jail relatively improved. The supply of water increased to 1 gallon per day, the visitors have been admitted daily on longer hours and their food menu has been changed favorably.

Unwavering commitment to the abused

This story proved that even inside the jail a trade union organizer will still live up for its commitment in serving the abused. Even in jail, Borja is helping his fellow organizer in KMU on how to address different labor problems such as CBA negotiation and others. Union officers and organizers of Philippine Phosphate Workers Union even sought the help of Borja during their collective bargaining negotiation last year. Ka Bebot told that his defense for the rights of the poor and abused are not hindered by his incarceration but continued robustly but in a different way. He may not be absolutely free in exercising his right to organize but he continues to maximize the limited spaces that was left to him in serving the Filipino workers.

Freedom for Ka Bebot!

Ka Bebot is only one of the many victims of the Arroyo administration's legal offensive scheme that criminalizes leaders of legitimate people's organizations. This May one, as labor groups and the people launch a nationwide protest to hold the Arroyo government accountable for its anti-worker policies and programs, there will be campaign booth in support of the Free Ka Bebot Movement. Manifesto and other commemorative items will also be sold to gather raise finance for his family and case expenses. For more information about Ka Bebot, please visit freekabebot.wordpress.com #

Reference: Jane Siwa
Public Information, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights
0926.134.6380
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based in Quezon city, Philippines, engaged in documentation & monitoring of human
rights violations committed against workers. It conducts research, information and
supports advocacy campaign for workers' rights promotion and protection.
For more information, call or fax:632.4110256
or visit www.ctuhr.org

     
     
     
           
     
     
     

xEcop’s wishlist to presidentiables a nightmare for workers; KMU puts forward labor demands
Date:
22 April 2010
Reference Person:
Joselito "Lito" Ustarez, KMU Executive Vice President
Contact information:
0908-649-1992

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said the next government must focus on providing local jobs to Filipinos and addressing concerns on wage hikes and job security.

“Workers have had enough of Arroyo’s nine long years of pro-employer, anti-worker governance. Since day one, she showed affinity to the business sector and aversion to workers’ demand for better working and living conditions,’ said KMU vice president Lito Ustarez.

This is in reaction to the Employers Confederation of the Philippines’ (ECOP) proposals for policy reforms to the next government that recommends more flexible labor arrangements in BPOs, reduction of benefits, flexible wage adjustments, changing the rules on contracting and subcontracting and implementation of policies to ease the cost of doing business.

‘What ECOP wants is a continuation of Arroyo’s anti-labor policies – wage freeze, job insecurity, more stringent policies that undermining workers rights,” Ustarez said.

“Workers have benefited very little, if none at all, from this administration. For the past nine years we have struggled for significant reforms for the labor sector – through legislative measures and street actions, but the government remained deaf and blind on all our demands.”

Ustarez said ECOP must stop acting as if employers and business owners are the only ones affected by the economic crisis. “Workers that make up the productive forces of the economy are all the more affected and burdened by the crisis. We have not received any significant wage increase for the past nine years – all wage adjustments were in the form of COLA, companies continue to slash jobs and reduce benefits to maximize profits. It was workers who were made to sacrifice, for the benefit of employers and for the cost of doing business.”

This Labor Day, KMU will forward its electoral agenda for all the national candidates. Among its urgent demands are:

• Granting of substantial across-the-board legislated wage increase for workers in the private sector;
• Job security, humane and gender-sensitive working condition;
• Local job generation and reversal of labor export policies;
• Intensified government labor inspections to ensure compliance to labor standards;
• Censure of employers who carry out unfair labor practices;
• Repeal of DOLE Advisory # 2 or flexible wage arrangements
• Justice for all victims of trade union repression;
• Repeal of all regressive tax policies and
• Control in the prices of basic commodities and services
“The upcoming Labor Day will be an appropriate venue for candidates to present their agenda for workers and for employment and long-term economic development. The labor vote is important as working people comprise 35 million of the country’s population,” Ustarez concluded. #

A pre-martial law activist, above, and a young activist, below,  look over a 1977 edition of Mao's  book of quoations in Pilipino titled "Mga Pangungusap ng Tagapangulong Mao Tsetung"

           
     

Volunteers manning the Voter's Education Information Session help a voter practice automated voting.. Funded by the European Union, the Worker's Electoral Watch is implemented by the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) and the Computer Professionals' Union (CPU)

     

The Labor Day celebration was also an occasion to campaign

for senatorial candidates Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza

and the progressive partylists Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, ACT Teachers, Katribu and Kabataan.

           

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Reference: Jane Siwa,

Public Information, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights

0926.134.6380




SULAT SA PATNUGOT

Walang "Gloria" Para sa Obrero ang Sampung Taong Mayo Uno ni Arroyo



Sawang-sawa na ang mga manggagawang Pilipino sa gobyernong Arroyo.

Noong mga nakaraang linggo, may ilang mga grupo ng manggagawa ang muling nanawagan ng omento sa sahod kasunod ng pagtaas ng bayad sa kuryente at presyo ng iba pang mga bilihin. Ngunit sa kabila ng sinasabi ng gobyernong "muling pagbangon ng ekonomya na diumano'y makikita sa mas matatag na piso, tumanggi pa rin ang administrasyong Arroyo at ang mga Regional Wage Boards sa nasabing petisyon ng iba't ibang grupo ng mga manggagawa. Sa halip ipinagmalaki ng palasyo na maglulunsad ito mas maraming job fairs bilang kapalit ng di maibigay na dagdag sahod.


Wala napala ang mga manggagawa kay Arroyo kundi higit pang pagpapahirap. Ayon sa IBON Foundation, ang halos isang dekadang pamumuno ni Arroyo ang average na kawalang hanapbuhay sa bansa ay umabot sa 11.2% – ang pinakamataas na bahagdan ng kawalang hanapbuhay mula noong dekada 50. Mula 2001 hanggang 2009, dumoble naman ang agwat ng minimum na sahod sa pang-araw-araw na gastos mula P252 hanggang P535. Maging ang huling ulat ng US State Department sa kalagayan ng karapatan pantao sa Pilipinas, ay sinuhayan ang kritisismong hindi kayang abutin ng minimum wage ang disenteng pamumuhay para sa mga manggagawa.


Winasak din ng gobyernong Arroyo ang regular at tiyak na mga hanapbuhay sa pamamagitan ng mga polisiyang neoliberal na pumabor lamang sa mga kapitalista lokal man o dayuhan. Sa pagtatapos ng rehimen, mahigit 25milyon sa 28 milyong lakas paggawa ang walang disenteng hanapbuhay. Ang estatistikang ito ay binubuo ng mga walang hanapbuhay, “underemployed,” mga nasa sektor impormal o kaya’y mga manggagawang kontraktwal at iba pang porma ng pleksibleng pag-eemplyeo. Kahit pa ang labis na ipinagmamalaking mga job fairs na inilunsad ng pamahalaan ay bigo sa pagbibigay ng sapat at disenteng hanapbuhay para sa mga nahahanap ng trabaho dahil kalakhan ng mga nalikhang trabaho sa ay pawang kontraktwal at/o maituturing na “kakaiba” at hindi produktibo (halimbawa na lamang ang pagwawalis ng kalsada). Gayundin, ang polisiya ng labor export ay nag-iwan sa mga Filipinong manggagawa at propesyunal na walang ibang pagpipilian kundi ang umalis sa bansa para sa mga trabaho sa ibang bansa kahit pa mapanganib at mayroong “social costs.”


Marahil ang natatanging “pamanang” iiwanan ni Arroyo sa mga manggagawa ay walang-awang pagsupil sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Mula 2001 hanggang 2009, ang mga unyon ay patuloy na inatake sa paggamit ng gobyerno ng mga kontra-unyong mga batas, taktika at ng kontra-insurhensyang programa ng gobyerno, Oplan Bantay Laya. Tila ba ang pag-oorganisa ng unyon ay isang kriminal na gawain, nagpapatuloy ang pagsasampa ng mga gawa-gawang kaso sa mga lider obrero at mga tagapagtaguyod ng karapatan ng manggagawa. Umabot din sa 95 manggagawa at organisador ng mga manggagawa ang pinaslang sa mula 2001. Ang pinagmamalaking “industrial peace” sa mga pagawaan ayon sa DOLE sa katunayan ay resulta ng brutal na pagsupil sa pag-oorganisa ng mga unyon. Kaalinsabay ng tumitinding pleksibleng paggawa, ang pagsupil sa mga unyon ang nagdulot ng pagbaba ng bilang ng mga manggagawang unyonisado na umaabot na lamang sa halos 10% ng kabuuang populasyon ng mga sahurang manggagawa.


Kung kaya, titiyakin ng mga mga manggagawa at mamamayan na ngayon na ang huling Mayo Uno ni Arroyo bilang pangulo. At kasabay ng paparating na pambansang halalan, nararapat at imperative na ang susunod na presidente ng bansa ay magkokomit sa mga programa at patakarang papabor sa interes at karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Tama na ang mga anti-manggagawa at anti-unyong polisiya! Arroyo, Alis! Ipaglaban ang kabuhayan, karapatang pantao at katarungang panlipunan! Mabuhay ang pakikibaka ng mga uring obrero!#


para sa ingles na bersyon pumunta sa http://www.ctuhr.org/blog/nothing-nothing-tighter-chains-ten-labor-days-under-arroyo


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based in Quezon city, Philippines, engaged in documentation & monitoring of human
rights violations committed against workers. It conducts research, information and
supports advocacy campaign for workers' rights promotion and protection.
For more information, call or fax:632.4110256
or visit www.ctuhr.org
 

     
     
     
           
     
     
     

xAs May 1 protests ring across the nation
Act on labor’s demands on Day 1, KMU tells next president

Tens of thousands of workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno joined today’s commemoration of the International Workers’ Day to send a strong message to whoever wins the presidential race: act on labor’s demands on jobs, wages and labor rights on Day 1.

“Gloria Arroyo would be leaving the ugliest labor situation in history – two-year wage freeze, record unemployment, and countless violations of labor rights. For the next administration to let Day 1 pass without addressing our woes is like hinting another round of anti-labor rule,” said KMU Chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.

KMU said the next president should act on workers demands for the passage of a substantial legislated wage hike, scrapping of contractualization policies, junking of the Assumption of Jurisdiction power of the labor secretary and for a regulation of oil prices and electricity charges.

The group also noted that such demands are within the backdrop of a continuing labor unrest, which is the product of Arroyo’s willful neglect of workers for nine years.

“On this very important day for workers of the country and the world, we put forward these demands that are most important for all of us. We have shown today our political will to push these demands beyond June 30. Whoever assumes the highest post in the land should show some political will as well,” Labog said.

The labor leader said only a substantial legislated wage hike can provide immediate relief to the Filipino workers and people who are suffering from hunger and poverty and are immersed in debt right now.

“The post-Arroyo government should scrap policies that legalize contractualization of labor. There should be security of tenure for Filipino workers. There should be equal pay for equal work,” said Labog.

“The Assumption of Jurisdiction power of the labor secretary should be scrapped. We have seen the extreme consequence of this power – the Hacienda Luisita massacre, which is the most brutal dispersal of workers’ strike in history,” Labog added.

Meanwhile, Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglunsod said the country’s next leader should scrutinize existing policies on electricty charges and oil pricing at the minimum and should push for the scrapping of policies that cause unabated hikes, particularly the Oil Deregulation Law and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). “Reversal of existing anti-people policies is necessary.”

“The Arroyo regime has not lifted a finger to open the books of big corporations which charge more than what they should. We hope that the country’s next leader would put a stop to the profiteering schemes of these greedy firms,” Maglunsod concluded.


(w/ attachments: Brief assessment of Arroyo's record on labor; May 1 schedule of activities)

It was a very hot day and some went to cool themselves in the Liwasan pool
           

Labor Day in Baguio City

Photos by Joel Aquino Capulong

           

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Para sa kagyat na paglalathala
Reference: Jane Siwa,
Public Information, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights
0926.134.6380

SULAT SA PATNUGOT
 

Walang "Gloria" Para sa Obrero ang Sampung Taong Mayo Uno ni Arroyo
Sawang-sawa na ang mga manggagawang Pilipino sa gobyernong Arroyo.

Noong mga nakaraang linggo, may ilang mga grupo ng manggagawa ang muling nanawagan ng omento sa sahod kasunod ng pagtaas ng bayad sa kuryente at presyo ng iba pang mga bilihin. Ngunit sa kabila ng sinasabi ng gobyernong "muling pagbangon ng ekonomya na diumano'y makikita sa mas matatag na piso, tumanggi pa rin ang administrasyong Arroyo at ang mga Regional Wage Boards sa nasabing petisyon ng iba't ibang grupo ng mga manggagawa. Sa halip ipinagmalaki ng palasyo na maglulunsad ito mas maraming job fairs bilang kapalit ng di maibigay na dagdag sahod.

Wala napala ang mga manggagawa kay Arroyo kundi higit pang pagpapahirap. Ayon sa IBON Foundation, ang halos isang dekadang pamumuno ni Arroyo ang average na kawalang hanapbuhay sa bansa ay umabot sa 11.2% – ang pinakamataas na bahagdan ng kawalang hanapbuhay mula noong dekada 50. Mula 2001 hanggang 2009, dumoble naman ang agwat ng minimum na sahod sa pang-araw-araw na gastos mula P252 hanggang P535. Maging ang huling ulat ng US State Department sa kalagayan ng karapatan pantao sa Pilipinas, ay sinuhayan ang kritisismong hindi kayang abutin ng minimum wage ang disenteng pamumuhay para sa mga manggagawa.

Winasak din ng gobyernong Arroyo ang regular at tiyak na mga hanapbuhay sa pamamagitan ng mga polisiyang neoliberal na pumabor lamang sa mga kapitalista lokal man o dayuhan. Sa pagtatapos ng rehimen, mahigit 25milyon sa 28 milyong lakas paggawa ang walang disenteng hanapbuhay. Ang estatistikang ito ay binubuo ng mga walang hanapbuhay, “underemployed,” mga nasa sektor impormal o kaya’y mga manggagawang kontraktwal at iba pang porma ng pleksibleng pag-eemplyeo. Kahit pa ang labis na ipinagmamalaking mga job fairs na inilunsad ng pamahalaan ay bigo sa pagbibigay ng sapat at disenteng hanapbuhay para sa mga nahahanap ng trabaho dahil kalakhan ng mga nalikhang trabaho sa ay pawang kontraktwal at/o maituturing na “kakaiba” at hindi produktibo (halimbawa na lamang ang pagwawalis ng kalsada). Gayundin, ang polisiya ng labor export ay nag-iwan sa mga Filipinong manggagawa at propesyunal na walang ibang pagpipilian kundi ang umalis sa bansa para sa mga trabaho sa ibang bansa kahit pa mapanganib at mayroong “social costs.”

Marahil ang natatanging “pamanang” iiwanan ni Arroyo sa mga manggagawa ay walang-awang pagsupil sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Mula 2001 hanggang 2009, ang mga unyon ay patuloy na inatake sa paggamit ng gobyerno ng mga kontra-unyong mga batas, taktika at ng kontra-insurhensyang programa ng gobyerno, Oplan Bantay Laya. Tila ba ang pag-oorganisa ng unyon ay isang kriminal na gawain, nagpapatuloy ang pagsasampa ng mga gawa-gawang kaso sa mga lider obrero at mga tagapagtaguyod ng karapatan ng manggagawa. Umabot din sa 95 manggagawa at organisador ng mga manggagawa ang pinaslang sa mula 2001. Ang pinagmamalaking “industrial peace” sa mga pagawaan ayon sa DOLE sa katunayan ay resulta ng brutal na pagsupil sa pag-oorganisa ng mga unyon. Kaalinsabay ng tumitinding pleksibleng paggawa, ang pagsupil sa mga unyon ang nagdulot ng pagbaba ng bilang ng mga manggagawang unyonisado na umaabot na lamang sa halos 10% ng kabuuang populasyon ng mga sahurang manggagawa.

Kung kaya, titiyakin ng mga mga manggagawa at mamamayan na ngayon na ang huling Mayo Uno ni Arroyo bilang pangulo. At kasabay ng paparating na pambansang halalan, nararapat at imperative na ang susunod na presidente ng bansa ay magkokomit sa mga programa at patakarang papabor sa interes at karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Tama na ang mga anti-manggagawa at anti-unyong polisiya! Arroyo, Alis! Ipaglaban ang kabuhayan, karapatang pantao at katarungang panlipunan! Mabuhay ang pakikibaka ng mga uring obrero!#

para sa ingles na bersyon pumunta sa http://www.ctuhr.org/blog/nothing-nothing-tighter-chains-ten-labor-days-under-arroyo

 

 


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The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) is an independent NGO
based in Quezon city, Philippines, engaged in documentation & monitoring of human
rights violations committed against workers. It conducts research, information and
supports advocacy campaign for workers' rights promotion and protection.
For more information, call or fax:632.4110256
or visit www.ctuhr.org
 

     
     
           

Labor Day in Sydney, Australia

Photos coustesy of Peter Murphy

           
     

They are the PAUL (Philippine Australia Union Link)  contingent, our solidarity action for the Morong 43, and a photo of Ark Tribe and his son Jake – Ark is the CFMEU delegate facing 6 months jail for refusing to answer questions about a union meeting over workplace safety – interrogation by the Australian Building & Construction Commission. His trial begins in Adelaide on June 15.

 

Photos and caption courtesy of Peter Murphy
 

           

Labor Day news reports

           

 

Massive Labor Day rallies staged by militant workers

Members of various militant groups, numbering in the thousands, marched their way yesterday at Manila’s business district to commemorate the death of the late Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran, who to them, symbolizes the poor and desperate laborers of the land.

Around 1,500 members of different militant group such as Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) and Anakpawis held a protest rally which started at 10 a.m. at the Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila

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Various activities at Plaza Miranda, Liwasang Bonifacio, and Mendiola during the international labor day celebration: Kilusang Mayo Uno celebrates its 30th founding anniversary; Ka Bel's bass relief was unveiled at Plaza Miranda; Tens of thousands of workers march to Mendiola to bid gloria 'good rid...

 

           
           

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