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July 2007

ASEAN Mantra: Profits over Human Rights

“The failure of the ASEAN to create a human rights commission speaks highly of their priorities and that is trade and profits over the respect for human rights."

This was the reaction of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Labor Center on the collapse of the 40th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting efforts to establish a human rights commission for the region.

Port workers clinch landslide victory vs yellow unions

Sasa, Davao City—Workers under the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Filipinas Port Services, Inc. – National Federation of Labor Unions – Kilusang Mayo Uno (NAMAFIL-NAFLU-KMU) overwhelmed two other union contenders in a certification elections held here today.

Labor Center asks SC to expedite TRO on Terror Law

Labor Center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) today asked the Supreme Court (SC) to expedite deliberations on their request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) versus the Terror law which was put into effect last July 15, 2007. The high court has ordered Malacañang officials and military brass to comment on the many petitions against the terror law within 10 days.

KMU-SMR tells Gloria: Your boat is sinking, abandon ship now!

Davao City—Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao Region joined various progressive organizations and partylists today in the condemnation rally held at Rizal Park here in the wake of Gloria Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address.

The militant labor center said that the SONA, which shall open the 14th Congress, will be no more than a rehash of Arroyo’s feigned economic and political growth and even more superficial and recycled promises of further development.

SONA 2007: PGMA's 'main accomplishment of job opportunities', pure lies - KMU

THE militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) today countered one of the so-called main accomplishments of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that she will deliver in her State of the Nation Address (SONA) before Congress this afternoon.

In a 2-page advertisement in leading newspapers yesterday, the Arroyo government highlighted that it increased job opportunities by having a 92.6% employment rate as of April 2007 and a 7.05 million jobs generated from 2005-2007.

Substantial wage increase for workers, a taboo in PGMA's SONA

" The old cat is out of the bag again."

This is how the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) described Labor Secretary Arturo Brion's statements yesterday that a lower wage hike is expected after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Union President of DOLE Philippines arrested

Harrassment of union officials continue

The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Labor Center slammed the arrest of Jose (Ka JT) Teruel, union president of the DOLE Philippines Inc. Ka JT was accosted by the Philippine National Police in Polomolok, South Cotabato last July 19, 2007 at 5 in the afternoon while he was inside the Amado Kadena-NAFLU-KMU (AK-NAFLU-KMU) union office on charges of 20 counts of falsification of private documents filed by defeated union leaders belonging to the National Federation of Labor (NFL).

Workers to push for Php 125 legislated wage increase, scrapping of Terror law as Congress opens

Workers led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) Labor Center is again preparing for a big push for the approval of the Php 125 across-the-board legislated wage hike as Congress sets to open next week.

According to Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, National Chairperson of the KMU, their leaders and organizers have been making rounds among local unions and other organizations to prepare the ground for a bigger push for approval of the Php 125 wage hike.

Another ANAKPAWIS leader gunned down

During summit on extrajudicial killings, political murders continue

“Because no one gets punished for the murders, the culture of impunity remains and the murder last Tuesday of Charlie Solayao, 51 years old, Chairperson of ANAKPAWIS-Tacloban underscore this grim reality and despite the Summit on Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearance good intentions, it cannot serve as panacea to the ongoing bloodbath.”

Terror law will jeopardize results of Summit

“Any headway against extra-judicial killings and disappearances from the 2-day Summit initiated by the Supreme Court (SC) will be put into waste and jeopardized by the implementation of the terror law.”