“Truly, without their work, petitioner GMA would have nothing to air, hence the private respondents’ services in the former’s television program were unquestionably necessary and essential.”
“Our fight for the rights of media workers was long and winding, but we won. Sacrifices had been made, lives have been drastically changed, but we have persevered because we knew that we were on the side of justice.”
“We welcome a brand new year with another victory, proving that good things come to those who fight for justice and their rights.”
“TAG is confident that the decisions of the arbiter and commissioner of the NLRC are affirmations that we have a solid case for regularization.”
“The arrogance of the network and blatant disrespect of the arbiter’s decision shows what kind of employer they are.”
“We believe in the quality of GMA’s content that makes it a leading brand; we are part of the efforts that make it so.”
Members of the Talents Association of GMA (TAG) staged the work stoppage and the June 5 protest action in response to the management’s withholding of their salaries.
“We stand firm that we are regular employees, and employees don’t issue acknowledgement receipts to get their salaries.”
Bowe Cabaluna, TAG president, sums up their one-year old struggle as “masayang mahirap” (happy but difficult).
“What kind of journalism can we expect from media organizations that treat news as a commodity, their workers as disposable currency and their audience as unthinking consumers?”
Not only the lives and livelihood of journalists and media workers are at stake here but also press freedom. What kind of journalism can we expect from media organizations that treat news as a commodity, their workers as disposable currency and their audience as unthinking consumers?