By rejecting workers’ and poor people’s demand for a P125 across-the-board wage hike, the Department of Labor and Employment, together with the entire government of Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, has again shown that it is anti-worker and a protector of big capitalists’ profits.
Workers led by labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno picketed the Labor Department’s office in Intramuros today to condemn the department’s refusal to hike workers’ wages, saying workers urgently need a significant wage increase to help them cope with rising prices.
We condemn in the strongest terms the continued harassment and illegal arrests of farm workers of Hacienda Luisita. Once again, the Aquino-Cojuangco clan has shamelessly used the state’s police and military forces to violently attack farmers.
Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s claim that the economy is improving, citing the persistence of child labor and the spread of flexible work in the country’s manufacturing sector.
The widespread hunger and poverty in the country is persisting. It is being made worse by the non-stop increase in the prices of petroleum products, which is further increasing the prices of basic goods and services. Workers and poor people need a significant wage hike, such as the P125 across-the-board wage increase nationwide which workers have been clamoring for.
Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno slammed Sen. Franklin Drilon today for opposing the legislation of a wage hike, saying the senator is in effect agreeing with meager wage hikes and shutting doors to a significant wage increase.
Almost 100 workers of Coca-Cola Philippines held a picket today in front of the multinational company’s main office in Makati City to call for the junking of an anti-worker scheme which is being forced upon unions in current negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“It’s all hype. The Labor Department is trying to fool the public.”
This was labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno’s reaction to the Department of Labor and Employment’s claim that its most recent order on contractualization will lead to the regularization of contractual workers.