By DEE AYROSO
Tags: Labor day
“Why is the Duterte regime on mass arrest mode? Is that the only government response they are capable of? Why are Filipinos being prevented from speaking out on their legitimate issues and grievances?”
“We mourn behind the face mask. We rage over the token relief promised but not received. We rage despite the physical and social distance.”
“We condemn in strongest possible terms the high-handed manner by which the Philippine National Police tramples the sovereign people’s rights to assembly, our right to protest, and our right to seek redress of grievances.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – A priest, a lawyer, members of the community media and activists were arrested…
“We have the worst hunger, unemployment, killings and when we protest and organize we are called ‘criminals.’”
“Even a salary of P36,000 is not enough. We have to borrow money to make ends meet. At times, we even have to pawn our ATMs (to loan sharks). My mere daily transportation cost is already pegged at P4,000. How could they dare tell us that about P10,000 is enough?”
For KMU and allies, this year’s May 1 celebrations has for theme “Celebrate the 50th year of working-class leadership in the people’s national democratic struggle. Lead the people’s fight against fascism and neoliberal policies of the US-Duterte regime.”
This week, Bulatlat looks into the history of the International Labor Day and its continuing relevance to the Filipino people’s cry for just wage.
“Increasing the national minimum wage is possible and not something that will burden the businesses.
Low wages, loans, and underemployment plague women in the labor force.
There are 2.3 million government employees in the Philippines, and 720,000 are non-regulars or contractual workers under different names, such as job order, emergency-hired, memorandum of agreement (MOA)-hired workers, and contract of services.