“Unionists are not terrorists. Terrorists do not fight for wages, decent conditions, and workers’ rights. Terrorists are those who intimidate, arrest, and kill people who stand up for justice and the common good.”
Category: Labor & Employment
Amid increasing prices of staple goods and a stricter lockdown in place, workers group called the labor department’s rejection of a P100-emergency wage relief petition “heartless.”
PAMANTIK-KMU has stated before that the Duterte administration is specifically targeting labor activists and unionists. These attacks, the group claims, intensified since the start of lockdown due to COVID-19 on March 17, 2020.
The Hanes plant in Laguna closed in October 2020 supposedly ‘to prevent further losses,’ leaving over a thousand of its employees, mostly women, jobless.
Government workers held a protest today, Feb. 15 against the rising prices of staple goods and services, decrying that their salaries have remained low.
Federation of government employees unions COURAGE said the dismissal of 60 employees violated the constitutional and legal rights of government employees to security of tenure.
“For many of us, this is our only source of income. We hope that the UP administration can find a way to address the situation before Christmas.”
Providing workers with their “bare minimum government mandated benefits” is not enough to solve the crisis workers are facing.
Workers have been infuriated by the callous treatment they’ve received in their workplaces. But many of them recognized that the most surefire way to get their employers to provide the protection they needed was through collective action.
“Workers’ groups and advocates have not been remiss in making concrete and constructive proposals to the government, but it has been deaf and blind to such proposals.”
“We condemn the continuing lack of protective equipment, assurance of free testing and treatment among all public sector employees.”