Day: March 14, 2009

Fear of firing is probably the single biggest reason why workers don’t organize unions. According to a recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, “Dropping the Ax: Illegal Firings During Union Election Campaigns, 1951-2007,” by John Schmitt and Ben Zipperer, workers were fired for union activity in thirty percent of all union…

NI TERENCE KRISHNA V. LOPEZ Inilathala ng Bulatlat Kay Rebelyn at sa ating lahat na isinilang sa gitna ng digma Pinaslang kang walang laban, Nilamog ang katawan mong walang lakas, Ikaw na ang tanging sala’y Naging anak ng digmaang Mula sa iyong libing Ay mag-aanak ng libu-libo pang Mandirigma Yumao ka At luha ng baya’y…

NI RAUL FUNILAS Inilathala ng Bulatlat Pag-aagawan ng liwanag at dilim Na nagbabadya ng dapithapo’y Gumagayak ang aking pagtatanod. Sa atang na tungkuli’y mabubuhay ako’t mamamatay. Wala akong hiling na handog, papuri o papugay, Hindi ako tutugot hanggang sa paghimlay. Ako ang tagapagmatyag sa kaligiran, Ang lagablab laban sa kaligkig; Ako ang tibanlos na kumakandong…

Dr. Oliver “Doc Ogie” Gimenez is not an ordinary doctor. He is among the few community doctors who have chosen to stay in the country to serve the poor in remote areas. For his service, he was branded a communist and charged with fabricated cases of multiple frustrated murder and murder. BY TERENCE KRISHNA V.…

The problem with the reconciliation process, officials say, is that it demanded that the Taliban lay down their arms in return for security guarantees, which they did not trust either the government to enforce or the Americans to honor. BY ROBERT NAIMAN Truthout/Perspective INTERNATIONAL Posted by Bulatlat If you’re interested in a “way forward” in…

BY JULIE L. PO Secretary-General, Concerned Artists of the Philippines DEMOCRATIC SPACE Posted by Bulatlat “Culture of tourism” is a catch-phrase promoted by the government to save us in this time of crisis. What is meant by “culture of tourism”? For concerned artists, “culture of tourism” simply means the packaging of Philippine culture for the…

Alegre Diones, 71, is the first-ever newspaper dealer in what is now known as Navotas City. She started selling newspapers from a stall in front of the Kaunlaran High School, which is near her home in Dagat-Dagatan, in 1981, when she was still an official of the National Housing Authority (NHA). Her business had been…

In the face of record-high unemployment and uncertainty for new graduates who will soon enter the labor force, the Philippine government says that the call center industry poses great opportunities for Filipino workers—especially amid the global crisis when firms turn to outsourcing more to save costs. But is the industry indeed a sunshine sector for…