A day before Labor Day, labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno joined a protest caravan from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the US Embassy to condemn the meeting today of two secretaries of the Philippine government and two secretaries of the US government, calling Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III a “modern-day Aguinaldo.”
This was how labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno described hikes ranging from P2.00 to P23.00 in workers’ basic wages and allowances in six regions which were approved by the National Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (NTWPB) last April 27.
We from the Philippines’ genuine, militant, and anti-imperialist labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno express our warmest solidarity with the workers and people of the Philippines and the world in commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day.
On Labor Day, workers and the poor will take Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to task for failing to respond to their calls, making the hunger and poverty situation in the country even worse, and exceeding the previous government’s puppetry to the US.
(1) We condemn the Employers Confederation of the Philippines for batting for what it calls a “two-tiered wage system” in the country. The scheme is no less than an attack on the very idea of a minimum wage.
Less than a week before Labor Day, workers led by labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno marched to the Metro Manila wage board’s office in Malate to issue a “notice of closure,” calling for the agency’s abolition for being an instrument of big capitalists in pressing down workers’ wages.
We welcome the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita. It is a victory of the farmers of Luisita who have persevered in the struggle for land reform for decades. It is a victory for the Filipino workers and people who have consistently supported the Luisita farmers in their struggle.
We are hoping that the Supreme Court today will come up with a final pr0-farmer ruling on the decades-old land dispute in Hacienda Luisita. We hope that it will decide in favor of the immediate, free, and unconditional distribution of Luisita’s lands to farmers.