20,000 Workers march against starvation pay, high prices and contractualization:
Real Noynoying is active defense of corporate greed at the expense of the Filipino masses – BMP
To commemorate Labor Day, thousands of workers from the socialist labor center Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) joined the broad labor coalition Nagkaisa to demand an end to starvation pay, high prices and contractualization. Nagkaisa is a newly formed group which brings together more than 40 national unions, labor centers and labor federations throughout the country.
Real Noynoying: Defense of Corporate Greed
Leody de Guzman, BMP president said, “Noynoying is not just the indolence and passivity of Malacanang to the people’s legitimate demands for an increase in wages, price control and regular employment. More so, it is the active defense of corporate greed – of monopoly capital’s insatiable thirst for higher profit margins – at the expense of the Filipino people especially the working class”.
Noynoy’s Subservience to the Oil Oligarchs
Spearheading the BMP contingent are transport workers under Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon (PMT), an affiliate of BMP, which mobilized 7 buses, 5 trucks, 10 jeeps and 500 tricycles from their members.
Dante Lagman, PMT president declared, “The spectacle that is the Corona impeachment is fast losing its luster. Noynoy uses the people’s sentiment against corruption and the Arroyos to score a higher trust rating in the surveys. But he is now being exposed as a lackey of the oil oligarchs. His subservience to the will of multinational corporations is revealed by his intransigent position against the control of petrol prices, the regulation of the oil industry, and the removal of the VAT on oil and other petroleum products.”
Labor Unity: the Gain of May 1, 2012
BMP National President Leody de Guzman concluded, “Noynoy would not give in to the demands of labor because he is not only pro-capital; he is anti-worker. But we will not go home empty handed. The real victory of May 1 this year lies in labor unity. The fragmented labor movement must unite; after all, the onslaught of globalization against the rights and welfare of labor knows no political color, affiliation or ideology. We are all under attack. So, organized labor must assemble.”
May 1, 2012
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
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