Day: August 13, 2010

Ulwu chairman Lito Bais said the financial package from Hacienda Luisita management was meant to lure farm workers into the compromise-agreement bait. “They exploited the poverty of the farm workers and used money to deceive them,” he said. Bais also accused the Cojuangco-Aquinos of “hoodwinking” farm workers of hundreds of millions from earlier land deals.

“If you can tie our hands with an AJ (assumption of jurisdiction), please tie the hands, too, of the PAL management with regard to their discrimination and violations of the Labor Code,” Robert Anduiza, FASAP president, appealed to the Department of Labor.

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA — The consultation called by Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano with union leaders of PALEA and FASAP last Tuesday turned into a preliminary meeting of the House Committee on Labor and Employment. Attended by 12 representatives (10 congressmen and 2 congresswomen including partylist representatives from Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Agham, Akbayan, Senior’s…

Kicked out of farmers’ groups and the workers’ union in Hacienda Luisita, the two key signatories in the compromise agreement supposedly representing the farmer beneficiaries have a history of betrayal against the farm workers and collaboration with the Cojuangco-Aquinos.

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis The Hacienda Luisita agrarian dispute has been hitting the headlines recently. And it is not because the land has been distributed to the farmworkers in fulfillment of the 1957 loan agreement between the Cojuangco family and the government, and the order of the court in 1985. Nor is it about…