Teachers to join workers in Labor Day march
Public school teachers under the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) will join the workers’ march to celebrate the international labor day in Manila tomorrow. The workers will highlight “This day is for all the working people, this is a day to commemorate their daily sacrifices and contributions for the entire society.” Said Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s national chairperson.
Basas said members of the TDC will converge in Plaza Salamanca, Manila at 8:00 in the morning and will march along with labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) and other other organizations allied with multi-sectoral group Sanlakas to Mendiola Bridge.
“Like all the workers, we teachers bear the agony of low salaries, high prices of commodities, unfair labor practices, heavy workload and contractualization, among others. We are brothers and sisters in class and the existing system as well as the policies of the government are used to exploit us.” Basas explained.
TDC calls on Malacanang to provide increase in salaries and other means of benefits for teachers and government employees thru reduction of taxes, increase in productivity enhancement incentive and scrapping of divisive and deceptive performance-based bonus (PBB). The TDC has been lobbying for a P10, 000 across the board increase in salaries of teachers and minimum salary pegged at P15, 000 for all the government employees. They are also in support of the workers’ calls for living wage, job security and union rights.
TDC vows to initiate protest actions in the remaining weeks of summer vacation for their demands before the classes resume in June.
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 0920-5740241
May 1, 2015
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