Farmers, workers, consumers unite vs rice crisis, corruption in NFA

Rice importation at corruption ay isang recipe para sa kagutuman. This was the statement of a group of farmers, fisherfolks, formal and informal sector workers, women, and urban poor in a press conference on Monday against the rice crisis and the alleged P2 billion corruption case in the National Food Authority (NFA). The campaign is… Read more »

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Nagkaisa Labor Coalition’s reaction re Usec Maglungsod dismissal from the DOLE

Dismissing Usec Maglunsod is a great loss to the DOLE; he’s no NPA Usec Maglungsod performs his mandate well in the DOLE. He is no NPA (non-performing asset). In his short stint as undersecretary of labor for industrial relations, he has bridge the “gap of trust” between organized labor and the department by personally acting… Read more »

Filipino workers living in time capsule with their low wages—says labor group

The simplest explanation why the Filipino workers particularly those in the national capital region are having a hard time surviving on a daily basis is because what they are receiving right now are wages enough to buy food and other basic goods from 2017 level of prices while the prices of basic commodities have been… Read more »

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-contractualization bill

 Organized labor finally got a big push in its quest to end Contractualization. President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent Senate Bill 1826 that seeks to end Contractualization and strengthen security of tenure of workers. “NAGKAISA welcomes the certification of President Duterte,” said Atty. Sonny Matula, chairperson of the Nagkaisa! Labor Coalition. “We are near… Read more »

Heath workers dismayed over gov’t reduction to 2019 health budget

Instead of cutting the health budget allocation for the 2019, the government should have had enhanced further the budget for health, a group representing thousands of health workers said on Wednesday. “Not only the budget cut will endanger the employment of 15,000 health workers to the barrios, this is also an outright denial of the… Read more »

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ISDS Reforms Shove Human Rights Under Corporate Red Carpet

For immediate release 11 September 2018, Incheon, South Korea: Trade union, women’s and environmental organisations from across the Asian region came to Incheon, South Korea this week for a regional meeting of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). “We expected to discuss real reforms to a fundamentally flawed international arbitration system that gives… Read more »

Basic sectors to Duterte: Arestuhin ang presyo!

Bringing the prices down to affordable level is what the masses need under this regime of high inflation. It is therefore the surge in prices and the risks of economic downturn that must be contained immediately by President Duterte, not the freedom of his critics. Arestuhin ang presyo, hindi ang mga kalaban mo, Mr. President…. Read more »

Nagkaisa! condemns violence against workers across the country

Nagkaisa! Labor Coalition is deeply concerned over the spate of violence that befell workers in separate incidents across the country. “We condemn in the strongest terms possible, the attempted murder of a trade union leader in Cebu City and the violent dispersal of striking workers of food giant NutriAsia and their supporters, in Marilao, Bulacan,”… Read more »

Kalipunan condemns the issuance of arrest warrants against former lawmakers

Kalipunan ng mga Kilusang Masa (KALIPUNAN) —a coalition of labor, urban poor, peasant, women, human rights and environmental defenders’ organizations—condemns the issuance of arrest warrants for murder charges against former lawmakers Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casino, Liza Maza (current secretary of the National Anti-Poverty Commission), and Rafael Mariano (former agrarian reform secretary of President Duterte). The… Read more »

ENDO to survive beyond Duterte’s Administration sans Security of Tenure Law – SENTRO

Endo or labor only contracting will survive well beyond the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte unless the Security of Tenure (SOT) is certified as urgent, a labor group said on Tuesday, citing wrong data the president used during the State of the Nation Address (SONA). During SONA, Mr. Duterte claimed that his campaign against endo… Read more »

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  • Filipino workers among the most at risk anywhere in the world – SENTRO

    Despite assurances of protection from local and national laws, including international agreements, Filipino workers are living the most perilous time in their own country and in almost all other countries they are working as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), labor group Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (Sentro) said over the weekend. In its annual… Read more »

  • Mr. Duterte, your misogynistic behavior endangers our women OFWs – SENTRO

    Mr. Duterte, your misogynistic behavior endangers our women OFWs – SENTRO Instead of manipulating women overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to show his ‘care’ to them, the president should work to improve the protection of OFWs in various destinations overseas and institute workable programs for the returning OFWs. “For one, Mr. Duterte can expand bilateral agreements… Read more »

  • Southern Luzon network of civil society groups launch Manlaban Ka

    A Southern Luzon-wide network of civil society organizations working for the promotion and protection of human rights was launched in Cavite. Some 300 representatives of basic sectors from labor, urban poor, farmers, fisher folks, women, youth, transport workers, church and anti mining advocates, gathered Wednesday at the historic Casa Hacienda popularly known as the Tejeros… Read more »

  • SENTRO Solidarity Statement for the Release of Han Sang-gyun

    The Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) send its heartfelt congratulations to Brother Han Sang-gyun, former President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), for his release from prison last May 21. Together with KCTU we stand proud and happy regarding this positive development—a clear moral and political victory for the solidarity… Read more »

  • Workers demand investigation of abusive practices in Burger Machine

    A workers’ group is asking the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to investigate a fast food company allegedly forcing its employees to work in a shift continuously which sometimes extend up to several days. “The DOLE should immediately inspect Burger Machine for forcing their employees to work non-stop for several days until a replacement is… Read more »

  • MALAYANG HUKUMANG HINDI SUNUD-SUNURAN, ATING IPAGLABAN!

    Matapos tanggalin ng Korte Suprema si Maria Lourdes Sereno bilang Chief Justice sa botong 8-6, naging malinaw na hindi Saligang Batas ang sinusunod ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman kundi kagustuhan ng iilang nasa kapangyarihan. Nakikita namin sa Kalipunan ng Kilusang Masa, isang koalisyon ng mga kilusang manggagawa, magsasaka, kababaihan, maralitang lungsod, kabataan-estudyante, maka-kalikasang aktibista, na ngayon higit kailanman,… Read more »