“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.”
“The arrogance of the network and blatant disrespect of the arbiter’s decision shows what kind of employer they are.”
“The employment status of a person is defined and prescribed by law and not by what the parties say it should be.”
“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 believe that even though we are a small group, we can be a formidable force that can mobilize every contractual worker in the country to stand up for labor justice.”
“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).
Now, we are standing hand-in-hand with our colleagues at GMA-7 who have formed the Talents Association of GMA and filed a regularization case before the Department of Labor and Employment.