Month: July 2013

By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ Manila, Philippines- Fisherfolk-lawmaker Fernando Hicap of Anakpawis partylist over the weekend called on Malacañang to certify as urgent the bill calling for the scrapping of pork barrel of senators, congressmen and even the special pork given to the Office of the President. Rep. Hicap challenged President Benigno Simeon Aquino III…

Unionists from Asia and the Pacific share same stories of attacks on workers’ rights

“When workers in Indonesia demand a wage hike, employers threaten them: ‘We would relocate to China.’ In China, employers threaten workers that they would relocate their factory to Vietnam. In Vietnam, employers threaten workers they would relocate to Cambodia. In Cambodia, employers threaten workers that they would relocate to Bangladesh.” – Asia Monitor Resource Center
See also: Indonesian workers battle high prices, low wages despite producing oil, registering growth rates

Asia-Pacific workers wage struggles to turn ‘formal’ rights into reality

By DAVAO TODAY A month after the New People’s Army captured five soldiers in Paquibato District, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Southern Mindanao said its “Revolutionary Court “is reviewing the cases of the captives as thoroughly as possible” so that the latter’s “direct culpability “ or “innocence” is “meticulously established.” In a letter…