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[Event] Workers Ride to Rise as One Motorcade -BMP

Sa Hunyo 12 Araw ng Kalayaan sama-sama tayong kumilos para ipagtanggol ang Kalayaan at Demokrasya! Labanan ang Awtoritaryanismo ng Rehimeng Duterte na nais protektahan ang tubo ng mga kapitalista kaysa sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan, at Kaligtasan ng Masang Manggagawa!

Isigaw at ikalat ang ating mga panagawan:
Ibasura ang Terror Bill!
Ipatupad ang Mass Testing! Ituloy ang Ayuda sa Manggagawa’t Maralita! Ligtas na Balik Trabaho para sa Lahat!
DO 213 at Labor Advisory 17, Ibasura!
Moratorium sa mga Bayarin, Pahabain!
Stimulus Package sa Mamamayan Hindi sa Kapitalista!

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[Action Alert] Two members of the labor organization, BMP, arrested by the PNP after staging a Labor Day protest action allegedly for violation of the ECQ rules

Action Alert
May 1, 2020
(Philippines) Two members of the labor organization, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) after staging a Labor Day protest action allegedly for violation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) rule against social gathering and Republic Act 11332 or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases in Rodriguez, Rizal

Dear Friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal for the PNP not to file charges against members of BMP for taking part in the observance of the International Labor Day.

ACCOUNT OF THE INCIDENT

Reynaldo Dulay and Clarito Rastica, both BMP members, were arrested by members of the PNP after taking part in a protest action in relation to the international Labor Day celebration in their area in San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

Based on the report, Dulay and Rastica, along with other members of the organization, conducted a small protest activity to demand mass testing, adequate food and social amelioration, and paid quarantine leave and hazard pay for workers in San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal. A video of the event posted in social media showed the protesters following the requirement of social distancing and wearing of face masks. However, the police arrived and allegedly started arresting the protesters. Dulay and Rastica were the two persons accosted for alleged violation of the prohibition of social gathering during the ECQ.

Based on the information from some BMP members, Dulay and Rastica were brought to the Ynares Memorial Hospital for check-up, as part of the Standard Operating Procedure of the police upon a person’s arrest.

As of this writing, TFDP is trying to get in touch with Dulay and Rastica to gather more information.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution states in Article 3, Section 4 that “no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.

SUGGESTED ACTION:

Please write a letter to the following authorities for them to reconsider the filing of charges against Dulay and Rastica for their actions are covered by the rights of persons to peaceably assemble. The organization maintains that they followed protocols of social distancing and wearing of face masks to ensure the safety of its members and the public as well.

Please ask the authorities to ensure in all circumstances, especially in the enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine during the COVID 19 Pandemic, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, international human rights standards and international instruments signed and ratified by the Philippines.

Please send your letters to:

1. His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
New Executive Building, Malacanang Palace Compound
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
1005 Philippines
Tel: +632 87368645; +632 87368603; +632-87368606; +632-87368629; +632-87368621
Telefax: +632 87368621
E-mail: pcc@malacanang.gov.ph

2. Hon. Menardo Guevarra
Secretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)
Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila
1000 Philippines
Tel: +632 85218348
Telefax: +632 85262618
Trunk line: +632 85238481 loc 217
Email: osecmig@gmail.com, communications@doj.gov.ph

3. Hon. Eduardo Aňo
Secretary, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
DILG-NAPOLCOM Center
EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Tel: +632 89250330; +632 89250331
Fax: +632 89250332
Trunk line: +632 88763454 loc 1001
Email: emano@dilg.gov.ph

4. Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
Philippines
Tel: +632 89285655; +632 89266188
Telefax: +632 89290102
Email: chairgascon.chr@gmail.com

5. PNP Chief Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa
Philippine National Police
PNP National Headquarters
Camp General Crame, EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1100
Tel: +632 87230401; +632 87220650 local 3453/3473

6. Mayor Dennis Hernandez
Office of the Mayor
Rodriguez Municipal Hall
J.P. Rizal St., Rodriguez, Rizal
bayanngrodriguez@yahoo.com

Source:
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/736404/observing-social-distancing-bukluran-members-rally-on-labor-day/story/

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[Statement] Kalusugan, kabuhayan, kapakanan, at kapangyarihan sa masang manggagawa -BMP

BMP STATEMENT MAYO 1, 2020
(Mababasa rin dito: bit.ly/mayouno2020)

Kalusugan, kabuhayan, kapakanan, at kapangyarihan sa masang manggagawa

Sa Araw ng Paggawa ngayong taon – sa gitna ng pananalasa sa maraming bansa ng sakit na COVID19 at sa malawakang kagutuman ng milyon-milyong Pilipinong hindi makapaghanap-buhay dahil sa kwarantina, tahasan nating idinedeklara na:

Makakamit lamang ng masang manggagawa ang malusog na katawan at isipan, regular na hanapbuhay na may sapat na kita, at panatag na buhay na may maalwang na kinabukasang maipamamana sa susunod na henerasyon – kapag nakamit na ng uring manggagawa, ang totoong mayorya sa lipunan, ang kapangyarihang pampulitika para distrungkahin ang kasalukuyang bulok na kaayusang nakabatay sa tubo at sa pribadong pag-aari ng iilan.

Hangga’t ang may hawak sa kapangyarihan ay ang mga kinatawan ng interes ng kapital, na organisadong pwersa ng dahas at panunupil ng iilan sa nakararami, ang batas na kanilang babalangkasin at ipapatupad ay maglalagay sa panganib sa buong sambayanan.

Ang patunay ng peligrong hatid ng paghahari ng minorya sa mayorya ay makikita kung ano ang nilalaman at paano ipinapatupad ang lockdown o kwarantina, na kanilang ipinataw sa sambayanang Pilipino.

KALUSUGAN NG MASA: ISINAKRIPISYO SA NGALAN NG TUBO
Bago pa man ang pandemyang COVID19, naghihingalo na ang health care system ng bansa. Mayroon lang tayong 101,688 hospital beds, na nakakalat sa 1,223 ospital sa buong bansa. 75% ng ospital ay pribado.

Ang ideyal na bilang ay 44 health care workers (doktor, nars, medtech) sa bawat 1,000 Pilipino. Sa ngayon, mayroon lamang tayong 19 health care workers sa bawat 10,000 katao. Ang bilang ng ventilator (na kailangan ng pasyente ng COVID) sa bansa ay nasa 1,572 lamang, kung saan 423 ang nasa Metro Manila.

Taon-taon may 26,000 nars ang nakakapasa ng board exam mula 2012 hanggang 2016. Subalit sa panahon ding ito, 18,500 nars kada taon ang lumilikas para maging OFW. Tinayang may kakulangan ng 23,000 nars sa buong bansa. Samantala, nasa 150,000 nars ang kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho sa Estados Unidos.

Kung ang transmisyon ng COVID19 ay nasa 10% sa 107 milyong populasyon, at kung 10% ng magkakasakit ang mangangailangan ng ospitalisasyon, ito ay nasa 1.07 milyon pasyente na (ibig sabihin nito, isa sa bawat sampung maoospital sa COVID19 ay walang hospital bed!).
Subalit hindi naman lahat ng nagkakasakit ay nagpapaospital, ayon sa datos, 6 sa bawat 10 Pilipino ang namamatay nang hindi nagpapakonsulta sa doktor. Lagpas kalahati (56%) kasi ang dumudukot sa sariling bulsa (own-pocket) kapag naoospital. At marami (kahit mga may-kaya) ay lumalabas sa ospital nang naghihikahos. Sabi nga ni manong taxi driver, na nainterbyu, sa simula pa lang ng lockdown, “Mahirap maging mahirap”.

Ito ay sa usapin pa lamang ng health care system, na nakatuon sa pagpapagaling ng may-sakit. Paano naman ang prebensyon ng sakit? Kailangan ay may maayos na nutrisyon at malinis na tubig.

Ang problema sa kakulungan sa nutrisyon ay ramdam sa mga kabataan. Sa bawat araw, 95 bata ang namamatay sa malnutrisyon. 27 sa bawat 1,000 bata ang hindi umaabot sa ika-limang taon. Isa sa bawat tatlong bata ang maliit kumpara sa kanyang edad. Ang dalawang taong pagkaantala sa nutrisyon ay maaring maging permanente, di na kayang maihabol pa, o nakamamatay.

Ibang usapin pa ang kawalan ng malinis na tubig, hindi lang dahil ito ay batayang pangangailangan ng katawan ng tao. Bukod dito, ang paghuhugas ng kamay sa minimum na 20 segundo ang isa sa pinakamabisang paraan para labanan ang pagkalat ng COVID19. At ayon sa World Bank, 10% (10 milyong Pilipino) ang walang akses sa malinis na tubig!

Pinalala ng COVID19 ang matagal nang mga banta sa kalusugan ng mamamayang Pilipino. Kulang sa medikal na personel. Kulang sa ospital. Kulang sa malinis na tubig. Kulang sa nutrisyon.

Bakit ganito ang nangyari? Dahil sa patakaran ng pribatisasyon. Ito ang patakaran ng pagsasapribado ng mga batayang serbisyo na dapat ay binibigay ng mura o libre ng gobyerno sa kanyang mamamayan. Tubig. Kuryente. Ospital. Paaralan. At oo, maging internet. Kapalit ng buwis na kanyang kinakaltas sa mamamayan, lalong higit sa mayayaman (na kung tutuusin, ay mas maraming ligal na paraan para makaiwas sa kanilng obligasyon sa gobyerno).

Ang pandemyang COVID19 ang pinakamatibay na argumento laban sa pribatisasyon ng mga serbisyong pangkalusugan (at iba pang batayang pangangailangan). Simula sa Mayo Uno 2020, dapat mamulat ang kilusang paggawa na tumugon ito sa panlipunang usapin – gaya ng pangkalahatang kalusugan ng mamamayan, bukod pa sa pagtitiyak sa mga probisyon sa CBA ng mga unyon ukol sa occupational health and safety, medical insurance (bukod sa Philhealth), atbp.

KABUHAYANG ITINIGIL NG KWARANTINA
Milyon-milyon ang itinulak sa kawalang trabaho at kagutuman ng biglaang pagkwarantina sa buong bansa. Mayorya kasi ng lipunan ay mga manggagawa. Walang pag-aari kundi ang lakas-paggawa. Halos lahat ng pangangailangan ay kailangang bilhin. Magkakapera lamang kung magbabanat ng buto kapalit ng sweldo.

Hindi tayo kinonsidera ng gobyerno nang ipataw nito ang kautusang mag-“stay at home”. Noong una’y nakiusap lamang ito sa mga employer na ipagamit ang ating mga sick leave at vacation leave. Suhestiyon daw na magkawanggawa sila para sa atin.

Subalit nang maobliga nang bumunot mula sa pondo ng gobyerno, maglalaan daw ng 5K para sa sahurang empleyado ang DOLE sa pamamagitan ng programang CAMP (Covid Adjustment Measures Program). Nga-nga! Employer kasi ang mag-iinisyatiba para maghain sa kanilang manggagawa. Kailan pa kinalinga ng mga kapitalista ang kapakanan ng kanilang manggagawa? Hindi nga sila nakokonsensya na magbigay ng kararampot na sweldong hindi makakapagbigay ng disente’t marangal na buhay sa ating mga pamilya! Lalo pa sa panahong hindi tayo nagtatrabaho, hindi umaandar ang kanilang negosyo, at higit sa lahat, hindi natin nililikha ang kanilang tutubuin at ating seswelduhin!

Ang masakit, nang dumagsa na ang hinain ng mga employer, sinabi ng DOLE na ubos na ang kanilang pondong P1.6 bilyon. Subalit huwag daw tayong mag-aalala. Dahil naihanda diumano ni Sonny Dominguez ng Department of Finance ang P256 bilyon para sa medium-small-microenterprises (MSMEs) na bibigyan ng wage subsidy para may ipapasweldo sa kanilang manggagawa.

Nga-nga ulit, mga kamanggagawa! Paano ang milyon-milyong sumesweldo sa mga kumpanyang hindi itinuturing na MSME ng gobyerno? Paano tayo na inabot na ng mahigit isang buwan ngunit hindi naman nakinabang sa naunang DOLE-CAMP (at hindi naman papasok sa kategoryang “poorest of the poor” para sa 4Ps program ng DSWD)?

Ganyan rin ang nangyari sa social amelioration program (SAP) ng DSWD. Makalipas ang anim na linggo, 22% pa lamang ng target ang nabahaginan ng SAP dahil sa burukratikong proseso para ma-avail nito tulad ng validation ng beneficiaries. Dagdag mo pa kung paano namamanipula ng mga pultiko ang ayudang ito. Ganito tayo suklian ng gobyerno (matapos ang mahabang panahong ang ating pagtatrabaho ang siyang pinagmumulan ng industriyal na tubo, renta sa lupang inookupa ng ating employer, interes sa kanilang utang, at buwis sa sahod at tubo! Gagawin tayong mga pulubi. Nawalan ng dangal ang paggawang lumlikha ng pangangailangan at bumubuhay sa tao!

Wala naman talagang pakialam sa ating pagtatrabaho ang nasa gobyerno.

Hindi ba’t agad nitong inutos ang pagtigil sa pampublikong transportasyon – kahit pinahintulutan ang pagtatrabaho ng tinaguriang mga magigiting ng “frontliner”? Ano ang nangyari! Ang nars, at iba pang nagtatrabaho sa mga ospital (bukod sa mga duktor na karaniwang naka-kotse) ay naglalakad para pumasok sa trabaho!?! Walang pakialam ang pala-utos na gobyerno. Kaya nga’t hindi pinaghandaan ang pagkuha ng mga kasangkapan sa kanilang proteksyon (face mask/shield, personal protective equipment, atbp.) para sa mga medical frontliner!

Ang lockdown ay nangangahulugan ng ibayong gutom para sa masang manggagawa. Kaya naman, marami ang papabor sa pag-aalis ng mga restriksyon upang pahintulutang makapagtrabahong muli ang mga tao. May mga employer nang nagpanukala nito sa dulong linggo ng Marso. Pinahinto kasi ang produksyon at distribusyon. Tumigil kasi ang sirkulasyon ng kalakal at kapital. Hindi na lumilikha ng bagong halaga ang manggagawa. At kapag walang nabebentang kalakal, hindi nila nalalasap ang tubo sa anyo ng pera.

Hindi pwedeng isakripisyo ang manggagawa sa altar ng tubo. Alam nating mas makikipagsapalaran ang manggagawa sa posibleng kontaminasyon sa COVID19 kaysa sa tiyak na gutom sa kanyang pamilya. Subalit, kailangang ilagay lahat ng proteksyon para tiyak na hindi mahawa ng manggagawa ang myembro ng kanyang tahanan kung sakaling makontamina siya ng COVID19 dahil sa pag-alis ng bahay upang makapagtrabaho.

Proteksyon sa paggawa! Ipatupad ang social distancing sa trabaho. Gastusan ng employer ang face mask/shield, o PPE kung kinakailangan. Regular na paglilinis (disinfection) sa mga sasakyan. Shuttle bus para ihatid ang mga manggagawa. At higit sa lahat, bilang pagkilala sa risko na kanilang pinapasok sa pagtatrabaho, doble o tripleng sahod bilang hazard pay!

Sa kabilang banda, may positibong ipinamalas ang lockdown sa usapin ng paggawa. Ang pansamantalang pagtigil sa pang-ekonomikong aktibidad ay nakabubuti sa kalikasan at ekolohiya. Subalit higit dito, sobra-sobra na ang nalikha ng tao kaya’t maari nang tumigil sa pagtatrabaho. Ang problema sa kagutuman at kahirapan ay hindi ang kakapusan sa produksyon ng pangangailangan; kundi nasa distribusyon nito, dahil ang mga ito ay kalakal na kailangan munang bilhin ng tao bago makatugon sa anumang pangangailangan.

Ano ang ibig sahibin nito? Sa inabot na produktibidad ng tao, may kapasidad na tayong bawasan ang oras ng pagtatrabaho sa isang araw (working day) at araw ng pagtatrabaho sa isang linggo (workweek) – nang walang kabawasan sa sahod ng manggagawa. Mula sa pandemyang COVID19, isisilang ang bagong kilusan para sa pagbabawas ng oras at araw ng pagtatrabaho. Ito ang isa sa mga kilusang maghuhubog sa tinaguriang “new normal”, sa isang post-COVID na pandaigdigang ekonomya.

KAPAKANANG HINDI PRINAYORIDAD NG ELITISTANG GOBYERNO
Ang pamamahagi ng pagkain sa populasyong gutom at nakakwarantina ang unang sukatan kung totoo ngang kinakalinga ng gobyerno ang kanyang mamamayan. Wala nang singlinaw pa sa pahayag ni Dra. Rowena Mangubat. Aniya, “Nauubos din ang mga doctors. Ipamahagi niyo ang mga pagkain para hindi lumabas ang mga tao. Kung hindi, mauubos tayong lahat”.

Ang tagumpay ng ipinapatupad ng lockdown ay nakasalalay sa pamimigay ng pagkain sa mamamamayan. Hindi ito simpleng usapin ng kawalan ng disiplina. Kahit sinong magulang, gaano man kadisiplinado, ay lalabas ng bahay at gagawa ng anumang paraan, mapatigil lamang ang kumakalam na sikmura ng kanyang mga anak.

Ang problema sa distribusyon ng ayuda ay nasa bulok na pulitika na namamayani sa ating bansa. Nakuha na ng Malakanyang ang hinangad niyang pagkonsentra ng pondo sa executive branch. Pinadaloy ito sa mga LGU o local government units (kahit pa alam ng lahat na ang mismong makinaryang ito ay tadtad ng korapsyon). Ang standard-operating-procedure (SOP) sa pamahalaang lokal ay ang paggamit sa rekurso at pondo ng gobyerno para mapanatili sa poder ang mga naghaharing pampulitikang angkan.

Sa ayuda sa panahon ng kwarantina, nag-anyo ito hindi lamang sa pagtatatak sa mukha ng pulitiko sa binibigay na relief goods. Mas masahol dito ay ang pagtitiyak ng mga makinarya ng pulitiko na mabiyayaan muna ang kanilang mga pamilya (mula sa konsehal hanggang sa ward leader ng mga barangay). Ang masakit, ang sahurang manggagawa, na hindi naman aktibo sa mga pulitika sa barangay dahil abala sa paghahanapbuhay at kapag hindi naman nabibilang sa malaking pamilyang sinusuyo ang boto tuwing eleksyon – ay siguradong hindi na mabibiyayaan ng ayuda mula sa LGU. Kahit pa ang kanyang pagtatrabaho ang pinagmulan ng sahod at tubo, na pinagkukunan ng buwis ng kapitalistang estado!

Dahil dito, ang manggagawa ang dapat manguna sa pagigiit ng audit sa lingguhang ulat na dapat na gawin ni Duterte sa taumbayan. Saan napunta ang trilyon-trilyon pisong pondo para sa COVID19? Hindi lamang ang pondo mula sa badyet ng 2020 kundi ang utang at ayuda sa mga pinansyal na institusyon gaya ng World Bank (WB) at Asian Development Bank (ADB).

May karapatan ang manggagawa sa usaping ng pampublikong utang. Una, dahil dapat siyang makinabang dito. Ikalawa, dahil kasama siya sa pagbabayad nito! Kung gayon, kaisa rin siya ng sambayanang Pilipino na kahilingang huwag nang bayaran ang nauna nang utang ng gobyerno. Bayad na ito nang higit sa prinsipal. Kalabisan nang ibayad pa dito ang pondo lubos na kailangan ngayon para iahon sa gutom at kahirapan ang sambayanang Pilipino.

Nagdulot man ng paghihikahos ang ipinataw na kwarantina. Ang ginagawa ngayong “grow your own food” ng mamamayan ay sumisilip sa mga kahinaan ng kasalukuyang “import dependent, export oriented economy”. Tayo ay isang tropikal na bansang pinagyaman ng matabang lupa at maayos na klima. Kabalintunaang umaasa tayo sa importasyon ng pagkain, laluna ng bigas. Kailangang ayusin ang plano sa paggamit ng lupa upang iprayoridad ang agrikultura kaysa sa komersyo, na pinakikinabangan lamang ng mga negosyanteng landlord at mga nagpipinansya sa kanila. Balangkasin ang panibagong ekonomyang pangunahing nakatuon sa pangangailangan ng mga Pilipino hindi sa mga dayuhang monopolyo korporasyon.

KAPANGYARIHAN SA IILAN: “SUMUNOD NA LANG KAYO” PARA SA NAKARARAMI
Gaya nang ating nabanggit sa simula, ang kailangan ng manggagawa ay pampulitikang kapangyarihan upang tiyakin ang kanyang kalusugan, kabuhayan at kapakanan – na sumasaglit sa isip ng gobyerno kung kailangan ito para lumikha ng tubo sa kapital. Malusog para magtrabaho. Sumesweldo para bumalik sa trabaho sa susunod na araw. Pinaiiwas sa sakit o delubyo para manatiling produktibo sa paglikha ng tubo, buwis, at renta para sa iilang naghahari at nagmamay-ari sa lipunan.

Teka. Iyan ay mistulang isang diktadura?! Hindi ba’t nasa ilalim tayo ng diumano’y demokrasya? Oo. May kapangyarihan ang manggagawa – bilang magkakahiwalay na botante – na pumili tuwing eleksyon kung sino ang susunod na magsasamantala at manloloko sa atin.

Sa pagitan ng mga halalan, tayo ay pinepwersang maging maamong tupa. Sinasabihan na “sumunod na lang kayo”. Kinakastigo dahil kulang daw sa “disiplina”. Ang trabaho ng mga manggagawa bilang mabuting mga indibidwal na mamamayan ay sumunod, kahit inaabuso ng mga nasa kapangyarihan, kahit binabataan ng dahas o kamatayan sa mga checkpoint, kahit binabaril ng mga abusadong pulis (gaya ng nangyari sa ex-army na si Winston Ragos).

Narito ang kahinaan ng mga ginagawa ng rehimeng Duterte laban sa COVID19. Ang taumbayan ay hindi kasali. Taliwas sa ginawa ng sosyalistang bansang Vietnam, na kahit mas maliit ang ekonomya kumpara sa Pilipinas, ay nagawang maimobilisa ang gobyerno at ang taumbayan para pigilan ang pagkalat ng pandemya. Sa Vietnam, umasa ang gobyerno hindi pasibong sa pagpapasunod sa taumbayan kundi sa kanilang aktibong partisipasyon sa mga hakbang para labanan ang pandemya.

Nakakamit lamang ng manggagawa ang ganitong kapangyarihan, kung sila ay organisado. Ito ang unang aral na natututunan ng manggagawa sa pag-uunyon. Mag-isip at kumilos para sa kapakanan ng kabuuan. Hindi sa watak-watak at kanya-kanyang indibidwal na interes. Armado ng kaisipang lahat ng manggagawa ay magkakapatid bilang uri. At dahil organisado ay may kapangyarihan at lakas para baguhin ang kanilang kalagayan.

Ang ganitong mulat na disiplina ang nagpanday sa mamamayan ng Vietnam para tugunan ang salot na COVID19, na siya ring ginawa ng kanilang mga ninuno nang talunin sa digmaan ang Estados Unidos na pinakamakapangarihang bansa sa daigdig. Ito rin ang klase ng disiplinang bakal na kinatatakutan ng mga naghaharing uri sa Pilipinas at sa buong daigdig.

Dalawang pwersa ang kailangang magsanib para iligtas ang sangkatauhan sa COVID19: (a) syensya para sa kabutihan ng lahat at (b) pagkakapatiran ng sangkatuhan. Iisa ang banta laban dito – ang interes ng mga kapitalista, ang kapangyarihan ng pribadong pag-aari. Sapagkat ang matutuklasang bakuna ay pipilitin ng mga korporasyong medikal na magiging kalakal imbes na maging serbisyo sa sangkatauhan. At magagawa nila ito, kung mananatili ang pagkakanya-kanya ng mga tao, na gagawing magkakumpetensya bilang buyer sa merkado ng naturang bakuna. Ang tanging uri na maaring lumagpas sa ganitong makitid na pag-iiisip ay ang uring manggagawa.

Kung gayon, sa okasyong ito ng Mayo Uno – at sa darating na mga araw na pagtatalunan ang mga patakaran sa ilalim ng “new normal” sa isang pandaigdigang ekonomyang sinasalanta ng COVID19, isulong natin ang mga kagyat at pangmatagalang mga kahilingang mag-oorganisa sa kapangyarihan ng masang manggagawa at magtuturo sa istorikal na direksyon ng ating pakikibaka.

Tungo sa lipunang totoong kumakalinga sa interes ng lahat ng myembro ng lipunan, hindi lamang para sa iilang may-kapital. Isang lipunang totoong asosasyon, hindi separasyon, ng mga tao. Isang lipunan ng pagkakapatiran at kooperasyon, hindi kompetisyon, sa pagitan ng mga tao. Isang sosyalistang lipunang ipupundar ng kilusang paggawa at magbabagsak sa paghahari ng kapital.

Itaguyod ang kalusugan, kabuhayan, kapakanan ng mamamayan. Kapangyarihan sa masang manggagawa!

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[Statement] BMP condemns arrest of QC protestors

The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino condemns the arrest and dispersal of urban poor residents of Sitio San Roque, who were holding a noise barrage near their community along EDSA this morning. The residents were seeking for food and assistance from the government.

In this time of crisis, food and state assistance are just and legitimate demands. Hunger and desperation are natural consequences of the state-imposed, ill-conceived enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). This is further exacerbated by the inept and disorganized response of agencies and local government units all over the country.

Fact is, these households already belonged to the poor and near-poor economic brackets even before the COVID 19 outbreak, the administration of President Duterte should have placed these communities on the top of their priorities and should heavily consider their plight when they decided to implement the ECQ.

To arrest hungry and desperate people is a new low for this administration. Not only did they dilly-dally in addressing the crisis in late February, the government treated the health crisis as a peace and order issue and deployed security forces instead of medical practitioners.

Protests similar to what was held in San Roque today will not be an isolated case. More and more people are questioning and rising up against the violent yet impossible implementation of ECQ in urban poor communities similar to the cases of Quiapo, Taguig and elsewhere. More community actions and marches shall burst open in the days to come as Duterte and minions continue to dismiss the calls for free mass testing and fail to guarantee food rations for all families.

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[Statement] Emergency powers for COVID19: The same politics of plunder and patronage but dressed in surgical masks and protective equipment -BMP/SANLAKAS/PLM

(Today, March 23, we are expecting Congress to hold a special session and grant emergency powers to Duterte as requested by Malacañang.)

The supermajority in both Houses will ensure that the president will have his way, not out of deep concern for a people who face uncertainty due to the COVID19 pandemic but from a deeply-ingrained SOP (standard operating procedure) of opportunism and political patronage.

The crux of the request is for the Executive to juggle funds and cancel appropriations made by Congress in the FY 2020 budget, in an attempt to immediately channel finance into decisive steps to address COVID19, which includes the take-over of health services and facilities.

We would leave the determination of this usurpation of the legislative power of the purse to the lawmakers, or to the Supreme Court, if the request, once accorded, is taken to the judiciary for interpretation for violations to the Constitution.

For the toilers and the propertyless, the question is “ Would the granting of emergency powers, as requested, lead to expedient and effective measures to address the health crisis”? Not really.

The president does not need more power to address this issue. Much power and privilege is already concentrated in his hands as chief executive.

Even without changing the budgetary appropriations, Duterte could easily initiate the massive mobilization of logistics, finances, and personnel to diligently follow the procedures by global health experts on how to combat the COVID19 scourge. He had the power to impose a travel ban from Wuhan/Hubei from as early as January. He had the discretion to declare a health emergency as suggested by the Health Department in latter February.

He could have done all this but he did not; downplaying the virus as a little fire to be put out by his urinary excretions.

Then, in early March, he hurriedly imposed a quarantine/lockdown for NCR then and Luzon, without preparing the prerequisites for the successful implementation of his drastic presidential order (transportation and protective equipment for frontliners, income replacement and subsidies for temporarily displaced workers from the formal and informal sectors, steady flow of basic needs, etc).

Too much power yet too lacking not just in political will and decisiveness but more so in genuine concern to the safety and welfare of the Filipino people.

The regime may counter that this request for “emergency powers” represents a sudden turnaround from its past blunders (though they are too egotistical and arrogant to admit to mistakes).

However, the Marawi case is a starker revelation to the devastating effects of granting “emergency powers” to Duterte. The so-called restoration of the war-torn city did not materialize. The billions of rechanneled funds and foreign aid now untraceable. Emergency powers ultimately lead to brazen and unashamed plunder since the normal procedures of transparency, audit, and accountability are deemed inapplicable in ‘emergency situations’.

The legislators, mostly in the House supermajority, would not oppose the reallocation of the budget for the COVID crisis, through the emergency powers of the chief executive. They know too well that it would be coursed to local government units “through the intercession of their good offices to their almighty Tatay”.

This is the same politics of plunder and patronage. Though this time with Duterte in front, handing out relief goods, wearing a surgical mask to hide his blush of shame for past misdeeds and blunders.

Yet, for the sake of the people, we propose the following adjustments to two major measures in the fight against COVID19: (a) social distancing and proper hygiene: not by draconian measures that regard the masses as the problem but by encouraging mass participation and initiative to dispel the view that Filipinos are inherently undisciplined, (b) mass testing in critical areas and eventual isolation, recovery and treatment of patients (which necessitates a rejection of VIP testing for its wasteful use of scarce and much-needed test kits, testing should prioritize frontline workers due to their proximity to the deadly virus) and (c) requisition of private facilities such as hotels and hospitals to serve as quarantine or isolation centers for those who have tested positive for the COVID-19 where proper medication and care can be afforded to them.

However, we call on our kauri and kamanggagawa to stretch ourselves, go beyond narrow struggles for economic gain, and tackle the questions of politics and governance to the millions of Filipino workers, as they face the ineptitude of the ruling clique (which will literally kill us all), the weak rival elitist faction, the looming economic slowdown locally and globally, and a pandemic that highlights all the contradictions of the prevailing capitalist global order.

March 23, 2020
BMP – SANLAKAS – PLM

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[Press Release] Workers slam DTI and DOLE measures on Metro lockdown -BMP

Militant labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) criticized the prescriptions provided by both the Trade and Labor departments for workers during the month-long period Metro Manila will remain on lockdown which the group claimed were inconsiderate, grossly anti-poor and arithmetically improbable.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez stipulated in a press conference Friday that the more than three million workers living outside Metro Manila but working in the metropolis must find a place to rent and for the informal workers to sell their wares outside the Metro Manila during the duration of the lockdown which starts on March 15.

While Labor Secretary Silvestre Belllo issued Labor Advisory #9 which encouraged employers to implement flexible work arrangements. This includes the reduction of work hours and workdays, rotation of workforce and forced leaves.

“Like everybody else, workers and their families want to contribute to address the spread of COVID-19 but to take away our measly incomes for an entire month or ask us to make good with so little is already lethal if not fatal to our well-being,” said Dominic Dilao, vice president of the group.

He adds that ordinary folks, even employees with regular work status are already living in the fringes of poverty and will only sink further with the reduction of their regular incomes because most fall under the “no work, no pay policy”.

Besides being detrimental, Dilao continued that the advisories were not only carefully studied but also lacking any form of consultation with the sectors affected.

BMP says that “social distancing” is not applicable and realizable with the present state of the metro’s transportation and urban planning. This they say is a consequence of the state’s reliance on the private sector.

They also argued that factories and workplaces are natural congregations, worse most of the factories in the metro maybe considered sweatshops – cramped and with poor working conditions to maximize profits.

The group claimed that there are even factories with no running water, poor sanitation and violate health and safety regulations. They want employers to provide free testing kits.

“We have toiled so much and are solely responsible for the profits and success of companies, it’s about time we are paid back as part of our fair share of the pie during these trying times,” he said.

Workers demanded that both departments should ensure that there would be no diminution of wages and benefits of workers during the duration of the lockdown and that companies must not take it against the workers if they get tied up in traffic in checkpoints and testing centers to be set up at the entry points of the metropolis once the lockdown is enforced.

“The Duterte administration is making ordinary folk fully bear the adverse consequences of their delayed response to the outbreak and have taken nothing away from the employers in an effort to ensure that profit margins of companies remain high despite the COVID-19 outbreak,” Dilao declared.

To cushion the impact of the month-long lockdown, BMP wants the government to defer the collection of payroll taxes such as SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth, and Pag-ibig and ensure that employers continue paying their contributions. They also seek the suspension of indirect taxes such as the value-added tax and excise duties on petroleum and petroleum products under the Train Law.

Contact person: Dominic Dilao 0906 6160158

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[Statement] Resist the attacks on press freedom. Uphold workers’ rights -Sanlakas, BMP and PLM

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Joint Statement of Sanlakas, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino and Partido Lakas ng Masa

The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Partido lakas ng Masa and Sanlakas condemn the Duterte Government’s heavy-handed attempt to silence and shut down ABS-CBN.

This is the latest in a series of aggressive frontal attacks on media institutions to intimidate them into at the very least tamed reportage and at most, submission, eroding the people’s right to a free press. To date, 112 cases of attacks and threats have been documented under the Duterte Administration including at least 13 killings of journalists. The Philippines holds the record of among the world’s deadliest countries for media. That the attacks on media workers and institutions are increasing can only be attributed to the undeterred hostility of the Government towards media as highlighted by the moves to shut down ABS-CBN.

In plain view, the Duterte Government is cementing the path towards authoritarianism the hallmarks of which include media censorship. Shutting down ABS-CBN sends a chilling effect to all media institutions signaling an imminent scenario where socio-political realities of the day are defined by Malacanang’s propaganda gurus and spin doctors. Unlike Marcos who needed martial law to achieve this, Duterte is unleashing the entire might of the government – his supermajority in the House of Representatives, the Solicitor-General and his Supreme Court – towards this end.

In the process, 11,000 workers will be displaced. This could spell poverty and hunger to tens of thousands of Filipinos who rely on their breadwinner to ensure food on the table. In Duterte’s fascist arm-twisting of ABS-CBN fueled by his personal vendetta against the company, the workers and their families have been reduced to mere sacrificial lambs – the unavoidable collateral damage to the Government’s malevolent designs against media.

We lend our unconditional support to the struggle of ABS-CBN workers for continued and secure employment. This struggle for job security is intertwined with the defense of democratic rights as the threat of displacement comes from a regime that seeks to quell civil rights and political freedoms, not only in retaliation for the non-airing of Duterte’s campaign ads in 2016 but also to prepare for its electoral plans in 2022.

It is in situations like these when the horrors of contractualization are brought to the fore. Thousands of contractual workers, in the event of ABS-CBN’s shutdown, will be booted out of work without the benefits enjoyed by their regular counterparts. We, thus, reiterate our call to regularize all workers, provide increase in wages and salaries, implement safe and humane conditions of work, and ensure the rights of workers to unionize and bargain collectively with the ABS-CBN employers.

It is worth noting that the Duterte cronies are salivating over the purchase of ABS-CBN and the equities of Lopez holdings, and with the House approval of total foreign ownership to “public service”, including wire and wireless broadcast comminication, the stage is set for the total, unfettered, and open subjugation of mainstream media by foreign monopolies.

It is highly ironic that 34 years after the 1986 People Power that ousted a dictator, we are again up against an aspiring tyrant, who is in desperate attempt to have formal absolute power over the entire state apparatus. The little that was gained by a people’s uprising that was hijacked by the anti-Marcos elite, is now being taken back by the Duterte regime. The sacrifice of the martyrs of the anti-dictatorship struggle will not be in vain. Onward with the struggle for democracy. Resist the attacks on press freedom. Uphold workers’ rights.

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[Press Release] BMP rejects PrimeWater, proposes a consumer-owned Metro Manila Water Cooperative

Villar also an oligarch, Duterte told to not repeat FVR’s boo-boo
BMP rejects PrimeWater, proposes a consumer-owned Metro Manila Water Cooperative

Metro Manila – Labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) reminded President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday that his ally, former Senate President and 2nd richest Filipino Manny Villar, is also an “oligarch”, saying that transferring the water concessions for Manila Water and and Maynilad to VIllar-owned PrimeWater “merely replicates the mistake” of former President Fidel Ramos.

“We have already seen what billionaire ownership can do to a public utility. If Duterte is serious about fighting oligarchs, then he should not enable new ones, like what Ramos did. We say no to PrimeWater takeover,” said BMP chairperson Leody de Guzman.

De Guzman added that PrimeWater is “notorious” for “poor service” and “contractual hiring”, especially in Camarines Norte and Dasmariñas Cavite. He noted that residents from the water districts in Bulacan, Batangas and elsewhere have made vocal their resistance to PrimeWater’s widening operations.

“Duterte said that he is cancelling Maynilad and Manila Water’s franchise due problematic water delivery. He has also promised to end contractualization during his term. It would be the height of hypocrisy if PrimeWater, which has a reputation for both, ends up gobbling the water utilities,” he said.

The group added that Malacanang should dig deeper besides pointing to the lopsided concession agreement that favored private corporations.

“The faulty concession agreement is only an off-shoot of the disastrous neo-liberal privatization schemes the government initiated in the 1990s. Its high time for the government to admit that the scheme has forsaken the consuming public,” BMP said.

Water Cooperatives

BMP bats instead for a “consumer-owned Metro Manila Water Cooperative”, saying that more investments can be made for the benefit of consumer under a cooperative setup.

“Maynilad and Manila Water, for instance, insist on dam-centric solutions because it will generate them more profit. If the orientation of the water utility is service rather than profit, then there is no stopping it from investing in more sustainable solutions like solar-powered desalination plants, rainwater catchment, and microdams,” said the labor leader.

He cites a number of “working models” around the world, including but not limited to Aguas Bonaerenses Sociedad Anónima (ABSA) – a worker-controlled water utility in Buenos Aires, Argentina praised UN as a model water company, the Saguapac Cooperative in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, and the Wassergenossenschaft Gramastetten (Water Cooperative of Gramastetten) in Austria.

“Cooperatives, unencumbered by the profit motive and given appropriate incentives and subsidies, can perform better than corporations,” De Guzman added.

De Guzman said that the first “order of business” is to protect rural water service associations (RWSAs), barangay water service associations (BWSAs) or village-level water systems from privatization, so “they won’t end up like the failed service areas of Maynilad, Manila Water, and PrimeWater.”-30-

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[Press Release] Workers commence Martial Law protests against intensifying state violence and repression -BMP

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Workers initiated the series of protests today commemorating the anniversary of the declaration of martial law at the DOLE, denouncing intensified repression and violence by both capitalists and the government.

Led by the socialist political center, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), workers from Cosmic Enterprises Inc., Zagu Foods, Megacem, Pacific Plaza Towers, and Bestank raised their local issues on unenforced compliance orders for regularization, violent dispersals of picket lines, and the active prevention of the DOLE of the constitutional right of unions to strike.

BMP President Luke Espiritu stated “martial law may have officially ended decades ago, but the conditions of Filipino workers do not reflect this fact. Rampant contractualization, depressed wages, widespread violations of the right to organize, and the violence against workers committed by both capitalists and state agents show that for the working class, martial law has persisted.

Among the unions that mobilized in front of the DOLE were Zagu Foods and Pacific Plaza Towers, whose strikes suffered the oppression that Espiritu underlined. Last August 2019, despite the legality of their strike, the Pacific Plaza United Action of Labor’s (PUNYAL-SUPER) picket line was violently dispersed by Bonifacio Global City Marshalls and the PNP. The Organization of Zagu Workers (ORGANIZA-SUPER) was attacked by Zagu security guards and union scabs.

According to BMP, there have been 43 labor-related killings since President Duterte assumed power.

On the other hand, Cosmic Enterprises Inc. Independent Labor Union (CEILU) recently suffered a mass termination of union members after a recent labor inspection by the DOLE resulted in findings of illegal labor-only contracting. Instead of enforcing compliance of the violations they themselves found, the DOLE prevented the Union from exercising their constitutional right to strike by deeming their Notice of Strike not filed.

Espiritu bared that “the recent spate of violence against workers and their pro-capitalist intervention in labor disputes are effects of Duterte’s posture on labor evident in his veto message of the Security of Tenure Bill. By stating that he wanted to allow employers more flexibility in contractualization, he delivered his marching orders to all government agencies: the state’s allegiances lie with capitalists, not the workers they oppress.”

After their protest at the DOLE, the workers followed and participated in the larger protest action by the United People’ Action in Luneta in the afternoon.###

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[Statement] Peke ang SOT Bill ng administrasyon -BMP

Ngayong halos lahat ng labor group ay mayroon nang kritisismo laban sa pekeng Security of Tenure (SOT) Bill, na hindi naman nagbibigay ng seguridad sa trabaho sa mga manggagawa, laluna sa mga nakaempleyo sa tinaguriang trabahong “non-core”. Panahong nang likhain ang pinakamalawak na pagkakaisa ng manggagawa para ipaglaban ang repormang totoong pupuksa sa salot na kontraktwalisasyon.

Ang palsipikadong SOT Bill, na pumasa sa dalawang kamara matapos ayunan ng mga kongresista ang Senate Bill 1826 (End Endo bill), ay mas konsesyon sa mga kapitalista kaysa reporma para sa mga manggagawa. Hindi na ito kinontra ng mga kapitalista (sa katauhan ng mga mambabatas na nasa kanilang bulsa). Sapagkat nakuha naman ng kapital ang kanilang ninanais – ang gawing ligal o kilalanin bilang “legitimate contracting” ang pagkokontrata sa mga trabahong “non core” sa operasyon ng mga prinsipal na employer. Nanaig dito ang kanilang paghahangad ng mura at maamong manggagawa, na hindi nila direktang empleyado kundi magiging regular na trabahador ng kanilang mga service provider.

Narito ang buod ng aming kritisismo sa naturang batas.

1) Inalis ang kapangyarihan ng DOLE Secretary na i-prohibit ang contracting kung ito ay nakakasama sa karapatan at kagalingan ng manggagawa;
2) Pinatili nito ang trilateral work arrangements;
3) Ininstitusyonalisa ang pagkokontrata sa trabahong “non core” kahit ito ay “usually necessary or desirable”;
4) Nagbabalatkayo sa pangalang “security of tenure” ngunit, dahil hindi binuwag ang mga trilateral arrangement, ay nagpapanatili sa salot na kontraktwalisasyon.

Hindi pa tapos ang laban! Yamang ang panukala ay iaakyat na sa mesa ng pangulo, ipaglaban ang pagbasura sa pekeng SOT Bill. Konsentrahan ng presyur ang Malacanang. Patuloy na igiit ang executive order para sa prohibisyon ng pagkokontrata ng trabaho.

At kapag pinirmahan na ni Duterte ang batas na kunwari’y sa seguridad sa trabaho, organisahin ang mga manggagawa sa trabahong “non-core”. Sigurado tayong walang pagbabago sa kanilang katayuan gaya nang sa ngayong sila ay kontraktwal na mga empleyado ng kani-kanyang mga agency. Palagiang may banta ng pagtatanggal tulad ng nangyari sa Asia Brewery/Waterich kung saan itinapos ng principal employer ang kanilang kontrata ng contractor bilang tugon sa pag-oorganisa ng mga kontraktwal na isang unyon.

At higit sa lahat, higit sa lahat, tiyak tayong mas mura ang kanilang pasweldo direct-hire na nasa sa “core” na trabaho ng mga prinsipal na employer (kahit pa maging regular sila sa kani-kanilang mga agency).

Kongkretong mga laban ng mga manggagawang “non core” ang pinakaepektibong paraan ng paglalantad sa hungkag na batas. Ang mga labang ito ang maglalatag ng mga batayan para sa isang mas malakas at nagkakaisang kilusang paggawa na maghahapag ng mga repormang totoong magtataguyod at magtatanggol sa ating konstitusyunal na karapatan para sa seguridad sa trabaho.

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[Press Release] Labor Day 2019: Common slate and platform by unified workers movement is a victory in itself, says labor groups -BMP

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Labor senatoriables held a press conference at the foot of Mendiola Bridge early morning today to commemorate International Labor Day. The candidates, who have coalesced under the LABOR WIN alliance, said that the said venue was chosen not only as a message to Malacanang to persuade House and the Senate to prohibit contractualization, enact a national minimum wage, and adopt a policy of price control.

“Our assembly at the Palace gates is also a reminder to the Filipino working class that there can be no genuine social change and meaningful reforms unless political power truly serves the interests of labor. The electoral intervention by labor groups is but a small step towards this historical mission,” said Ernie Arellano of National Confederation of Labor (NCL).

Victory by Labor

An optimistic Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) national chair Ka Leody de Guzman agreed, “Kahit hindi pa naitatala ang resulta ng halalan, maari nang sabihing may nakamit nang mga tagumpay ang kilusang paggawa ngayong halalang 2019”.

The victories that de Guzman pertains to is the “higher level of unity” attained by various groups under the LABOR WIN alliance. “We have not only transcended our ideological differences and innate competition for the affiliation of local trade unions. More so, we now unite not only trade union demands but on the need for labor participation in politics, during elections and after it, in order to reach our shared vision of a prosperous, egalitarian, pro-labor and pro-poor society”.

Neri Colmenares of the Makabayan Coalition explained, “A strong and united workers’ movement that is not limited to factory struggles is an essential component in the people’s struggle against the more brazen attacks to human rights under the present regime”.

“If the election surveys are to be believed, it is evident that the hold of patronage politics, especially in the ranks of the desperate poor, is still strong. But it will soon break as workers are now beginning to vote not based on individual preferences but on their common interest as a class. Hence, we are now witnessing the blossoming of the workers’ movement as a powerful political force to change society,” Sonny Matula of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) furthered.

Allan Montano, also of FFW sums it up by exclaiming “Manggagawa na! We have long asked for pro-labor and pro-poor reforms to be passed by Congress and the Senate but our demands fall on deaf ears of lawmakers who advance profit before people. The imperative is for labor leaders to get elected into the legislature to fight for workers’ interests. History reveals that the path of electoral participation, alongside the mass struggles of the workers outside the halls of Congress, brought the legislation of various labor standards such as the 8-hour working day, the minimum wage, the right to form unions and collectively bargain, the weekend, etc.”

Manggagawa, pamunuan ang laban ng bayan!

The LABOR WIN candidates were joined in by the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), who assembled in Mendiola. The PLM is the political party that fielded Ka Leody de Guzman in the senatorial race. It is also running in the party-list elections.

PLM national chair Sonny Melencio said, “Electoral victory, to win seats in Congress and the Senate is but one of our objectives in participating in the elections. We aspire for representation inside the elite-dominated legislative branch of the capitalist state to give voice to the toiling and impoverished majority. But more than this, we will grab the opportunity provided by the elections to massively organize the workers and the poor under a pro-reform platform and to raise the discourse beyond the mudslinging and the muckraking of the trapos.

Melencio added, “In the latter half of the Duterte regime, we expect the administration to dominate Congress and the local governments. It would be harsher and ruthless in its implementation of the neoliberal economic policies of liberalization, deregulation, privatization, and contractualization in order to please foreign investors and local capitalists.

He warned that the administration’s ‘war on drugs’ , which is actually a war on the poor will only be more unrelenting coupled with its continued subservience to the whims of the Chinese government, not just in the disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea but also in its intervention on the country’s economic affairs.

To counter these attacks on labor and the Filipino people, Melencio asserted that, “the struggle against fascism needs the leadership of the labor movement. Hence, we welcome the massive support enjoyed by Ka Leody and the LABOR WIN slate, especially among the young voters, in the ongoing electoral campaign. The labor movement will be strengthened by fresh forces coming from the ranks of the youth”.

Unified Labor March by Church-Labor Conference, PAGGAWA, KMU, FFW, and BMP

In the afternoon, various groups marched thousands of workers from different assemblies in Metro Manila and converged in a unity march along Quezon Bridge before holding a joint program at Liwasang Bonifacio.

The “unity march” assembles the broadest ever convergence of the labor movement to date with the Church-Labor Conference, Pagkakaisa ng Paggawa (PAGGAWA), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), among others. ###

Reference:
Ka Leody de Guzman 0920-5200672
Sonny Melencio 0908-8173169

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[Press Release] PNP, DepEd must divulge objective behind profiling of teachers, Comelec probe sought -BMP

PNP, DepEd must divulge objective behind profiling of teachers, Comelec probe sought

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A labor leader expressed grave alarm following the recent disclosure of a memorandum issued by the national directorate for intelligence of the national police for its regional counterparts to conduct a profiling on the members of the teachers’ group Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

Ka Leody de Guzman of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) says that the PNP should disclose and explain the objectives of their “highly dubious and disturbing” memorandum.

On some instances, teachers were also presented with an endorsement letter from division officials of the Education department urging school heads to accomodate the intelligence gathering procedures of the police.

“This is very unlikely. We have been holding elections since martial law was lifted but it has not come to the point that national police instruct its units to send text messages, hold visitations and seek the DepEd’s endorsement for them to hold an inventory of our teachers,” said De Guzman, chairperson of BMP.

He likewise demanded DepEd hierarchy to justify their endorsement that may likely lead to infringement of the legitimate rights of teachers to self-expression and self organization.

“On top of the vagueness of the intel memo, the DepEd endorsement letter also provided nothing urgent and concrete for them to urge school principals to accomodate the PNP’s surveillance of their employees,” he posited.

But De Guzman fears that the police profiling does not end with the intelligence gathering operations and the subsequent intimidation of members of the teachers’ group.

The labor leader alleges that mere mention of the 2019 mid-term election in the PNP memo should send shivers down the spine of all decent, freedom-loving Filipinos.

Public school teachers sit at the electoral board which administers the conduct of elections.

“Let us remind the PNP hierarchy or even the Interior department that any link or partiality on their part to intervene in the outcome of the 2019 midterm elections whether to promote or hamper the candidacy of any aspirant is an infraction of their mandates,” he noted.

Among the retired PNP personnel running for the senate in the mideterm elections include former chief of the PNP and Bureau of Corrections director Ronald dela Rosa and former police general Pedro Montano.

De Guzman, who also seeks a senate seat under Partido Lakas ng Masa compelled the Commission on Election to intercede and hold its own immediate and impartial investigation on the issued memoranda.

He urged the Comelec to ensure that all agencies specially those under the Executive department to abide by their mandates and hold them accountable for any violation of their duty to assist in the conduct of free, honest, peaceful and credible elections.

Press Release
7 January 2019
Reference: Ka Leody de Guzman 0920-52000672

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[Statement] Duterte, just like his predecessors, has only used the SONA to promote himself, preserve the status quo and advance the interests of the economic elite -BMP

Photo extracted from Sonny Melencio FB

The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) explained that Philippine society is divided into ‘two nations’. On one hand, a nation of rent-seeking property-owners and another nation of paupers who are forced to sell their labor-power and have always been at the losing end of state policies.

“Year in, year out the toiling masses have yearned for presidents to institute pro-people policies to lift them from dire poverty. The present abject misery of the poor is enough proof that all past SONAs have failed them and all presidents up to this present regime have neglected them,” BMP president Luke Espiritu said.

“Duterte, just like his predecessors, has only used the SONA to promote himself, preserve the status quo and advance the interests of the economic elite with programs that liberalize the economy, deregulate industries, privatize social services and cheapen labor, leaving the poor grappling with poverty and social injustice,” he added
He reasoned that “what Duterte and his economic managers consider as accomplishments are actually dilemmas for the toiling masses. What they call a vibrant economy is actually belt-tightening measures on the part of millions of working class families”.

To prove its point, BMP illustrated that the recently released 68-page report the administration presented as part of its achievements two days before the SONA is in fact a collection of disservices of the Duterte administration to the poor majority.

BMP noted that in the report the 14.76 percent, or P106.5 billion increase in revenue collection in the past five months is better than the same period in 2017, indicating that this successful tax collection was due to the TRAIN Law.

The group maintains that the amount was primarily collected from the low-income families as both oligarchs and white collared employees were awarded with tax reductions and exemptions under the 6-month old tax regime.

Also cited as accomplishment was the P195.7 billion worth of investment approvals from January to April 2018 by the Board of Investments. BMP claims that these investments will not only produce limited job openings but will also raise negligible revenues due to the multiple tax concessions offered by the government to lure multinational companies.

“The report is a perfect picture of how policies differ in impacts between the affluent minority and the destitue majority. Both multinational companies and this authoritarian regime feed off the surplus value created by laborers, fattening themselves with profits and taxes at our expense”.

“There’s no denying anymore that TRAIN triggered the cost of basic commodities to increase sharply and that it gave rise to the 5.2% inflation rate as the latest survey SWS revealed that 48 percent of the respondents viewed themselves as poor in the second quarter of 2018,” Espiritu asserted.

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[Statement] Sa alok ng “kompromiso” sa isyu ng kontraktwalisasyon: Duterte, bistado ka na – BMP

Sa alok ng “kompromiso” sa isyu ng kontraktwalisasyon: Duterte, bistado ka na – BMP

”Nahuli sa bibig ang isda! Tila nabahag ang buntot ng sigang si Duterte”, ganito ang naging pahayag ng Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) matapos nitong itulak ang pakikipagkumpromiso sa pagresolba sa isyu ng kontraktuwalisasyon na kanyang pinangako nung siya’y nangangampanya.

Matatandaang sinabi ni Pangulong Rody Duterte noong Lunes, “Huwag natin silang pahirapan na patakbuhin ang kanilang mga negosyo kung paano nila ito nais paandarin dahil pera nila ito. Kaya’t dapat maabot ang isang kompromiso ay dapat o maaring, katanggap-tanggap sa lahat.”

Tanong ng lider ng BMP na si Luke Espiritu, “Nasaan na ang matapang na asta ng butangerong pangulo?” May dalawang linggo pa bago ang binigay niyang palugit sa kanyang sarili para magdesisyon sa matagal nang hinihingi ng mga manggagawa. Ngayo’y nagkukumahog siyang magpakita ng katapatan sa mga negosyante”.

“Ang alok ni Duterte ay hindi prinsipyadong kompromiso kundi isang tahasang katrayduran. Hindi ito paghahanap ng gitnang posisyon para mapagkasunduan at hindi ito kailanman katanggap-tanggap sa amin,” dagdag ni Espiritu.

Ang hinihiling ng militanteng BMP ay pirmahan ng pangulo sa isang Executive Order na ipinagbabawal ang lahat ng anyo ng kontraktwalisasyon para sa isang bigwas ay mapapatigil ang abusadong pag-e-empleyo ng mga kapitalista kaysa yung mabagal na pag-amyenda ng Labor Code na ddaan pa ng Kongreso.

Paliwanag ng nila, hino-hostage ng kontraktwalisasyon ang pamilya ng mga manggagawa. Tinatakot silang tanggapin na lamang ang pagiging kontraktwal kaysa magutom ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay. Pinupwersa silang tanggapin ang mababang sweldo dahil anumang oras ay maari silang tanggalin. Nililikha nito ang isang populasyon ng mura at maamong manggagawa na bulnerable sa pinakamasahol na mga paglabag sa mga benepisyo’t istandard. Ang bantang mapalitan ang mga regular ng mga kontraktwal ang ginagamit para hindi sila makapagreklamo sa pang-aabuso ng kanilang mga employer.

”Si Duterte mismo ang naghubad ng kanyang pretensyon na kampeon ng masa, heto ngayon siya na tila naging maamong tupang sinusuyo ang mga manggagawa na makipagkompromiso,” ani ng lider manggagawa

Ang panawagan ng BMP sa iba’t ibang samahan na itakwil ang “kompromiso” at ipaglaban ang pagbabawal sa lahat ng anyo ng kontraktwalisasyon. ”Manalig tayo sa ating sariling pagkakaisa’t pakikibaka na siyang mag-oobliga sa kapitalistang gobyerno na proteksyunan ang karapatan at kagalingan ng mga manggagawa”.

”Iwaksi na natin ang ilusyong “Change is coming” sa maka-kapitalistang pangulong Duterte. Ang ating paglaya ay wala sa mga bulaang manunubos kundi nasa sarili nating kamay,” pagtatapos ni Espiritu.#

Contact person: Luke Espiritu, BMP President, 0995 9729969

Source: https://bit.ly/2IAnOFs

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[From the web] Workers’ group slam Duterte’s defense of police brutality, holds President accountable -BMP

Workers’ group slam Duterte’s defense of police brutality, holds President accountable

bmplogoSocialist workers’ group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino today lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s response to the violent dispersal of protests in front of the US embassy this week, calling it “an act of violence against the people.”

“Instead of saying the only thing that must be said in the face of what
happened—-i.e. that the violence was unacceptable, the President has instead chosen to lawyer for the police and justify their actions,” the group’s spokesperson Atty Luke Espiritu lamented.

“We at the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino are not entirely surprised by this response: This, after all, is the same President who has repeatedly said that he will protect and pardon any cop accused of committing human rights violations, who has said that he is “happy to slaughter” more than 3,000 criminals, and who wants to bury Marcos—the dictator who ran over the lives of thousands—as a “hero,” Espirutu said.

“But, while not surprising, his response is still shocking and unacceptable. By choosing to lawyer for the cops and refusing to condemn their blatant abuse of power, Duterte is in effect telling cops: “It’s OK to ram protesters. You will just be ‘investigated’ and invited to have coffee with the President. And he is in effect telling us: “Don’t count on the police not to run you over in case you decide to fight for your rights,” Espiritu added.

Unlike other groups who have chosen to hold only the police officials accountable, BMP insisted that responsibility for what happened goes all the way back to the top.

“As commander-in-chief of the country’s police and military, the President bears command-responsibility for the shocking violence that happened this week. He certainly did not create the climate of impunity that now reigns in our country. But by repeatedly shielding abusive cops and now refusing to condemn the shocking violence they had just committed, he has certainly further reinforced it—encouraging many other cops to think they really can get away with attempted murder,” Espiritu said.

“We reiterate our demand for justice and we call for accountability—not just from the cops, but also from the President himself,” Espiritu added.

PRESS RELEASE
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
22 October 2016

Contact person: Atty. Luke Espiritu, BMP Spokesperson @ 0933-0417125

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[Statement] BMP Kinundena ang Pagpaslang sa Pangulo ng Unyon sa RE taxi

BMP Kinundena ang Pagpaslang sa Pangulo ng Unyon sa RE taxi  

bmplogoKinokondena ng Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) ang pamamaril kay Edilberto Miralles, pangulo ng unyon sa RE taxi sa harap ng opisina ng National Labor Relations Commission ng labor department ngayong araw. Nagdududa kaming ang may kakayahan at kagustuhan nito ay ang management ng naturang kumpanya.

Dati na itong may rekord sa marahas na pagbubuwag sa piketlayn ng kanilang mga empleyado. Hinahamon namin si pangulong Digong na parusahan ang mga kapitalistang mapagsamantala na kasingsahol kung hindi man ay mas masahol pa sa mga negosyante ng iligal na droga.

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Leody de Guman 0920-520-0672
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[Press Release] Kentex tragedy: Final nail in the coffin It is the head of Baldoz that must roll – BMP

Kentex tragedy: Final nail in the coffin
It is the head of Baldoz that must roll – BMP

As the massive outpouring of grief and indignation escalates over the tragic loss of seventy-two lives in a blaze that engulfed the factory of Kentex Manufacturing Corp. in Valenzuela, socialist labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) raised their demand and called for the immediate and irrevocable resignation of labor secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

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“While local officials of Valenzuela are guilty for negligence of duty and most probably corruption and collusion with the employer, Baldoz remains to be the prime culprit in the tragedy when she ordered and implemented outright anti-worker policies that principally contributed to the misery and the deaths of the workers at Kentex,” Leody de Guzman, chairman of BMP said.

“Her defense last week of the issuance of Certificate of Compliance to the Kentex management as a compliant of labor and safety standards is insignificant compared to the damage inflicted by her policies,” the BMP leader insisted.

However the BMP leader treats her knee-jerk defense of Kentex owners as a confirmation of their strong suspicion that her true loyalty lies with the capitalists and must therefore resign the post as labor secretary.

“Her bias is tantamount to the total betrayal of the post entrusted to her, De Guzman asserted

Capitalist agent heads the DOLE

De Guzman explained that, “Baldoz is guilty of deliberately and consistently issuing flimsy regulations that in effect would circumvent other laws in order to accommodate the interests of oligarchs since taking over the reins of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in 2010. By cheapening the cost of doing business in the country, she automatically sent the rights and welfare of millions of workers and their families to the gallows”.

Among the illegal policies and department orders the BMP cited which were issued by Baldoz were Department Orders (DO) 18-A in 2011 and 131-13 in 2013 among others.

De Guzman also clarified that, “The issuance of DO 18-A ushered the legalization of sub-contracting, even if it is contrary to the Constitution and the Labor Code. This also cemented the cheap labor policy of the government that opened the flood gates to pervasive unfair labor practices as sweatshops mushroomed nationwide”.

The denial of the workers their right to security of tenure, leads to rampant violations of other statutory rights such as the right to self-organize, collective bargaining, hold a strike and humane working conditions.

Meanwhile the DO 131-13 meant that establishments like factories were presumed safe until proven unsafe.

“The slackening of labor standards by Baldoz has not only equated to the abandonment of the rights and welfare of workers but it also meant that were treated as sacrificial lambs in the altar of the capitalists greed for profit, even if it meant that their very lives were at stake,” their statement read.

Mandatory Hearings: Cheap Trick

The labor leader also hinted that the findings of the recent mandatory inquiry between DOLE-NCR and the contractors last Monday was just the surface of the miserable working conditions that needed no investigation. “The non-remittance of PhilHealth and SSS contributions and underpayment of wages are the least of such abuses,” he said.

De Guzman accused Baldoz of playing the victim card by portraying that she is unaware of the rampant violations and was purposively hidden from her. But it is clear to us that she used the blood of the workers to sign their death warrants”.

The militant leader believes that the labor department shall not be able to avert another Kentex from happening if major policy changes and reforms are not installed, to which the removal of Baldoz is principal among the necessary reforms”.

Meanwhile another labor group, the Union Presidents Against Contractualization (UPAC) reiterated their call for the junking of the DO 18-A as well. “DO 18-A has failed to curb labor-only-contacting and has even further encouraged capitalist abuses similar to the conditions in Kentex,” said Leni Ogarte, chairperson of UPAC.

They likewise said that they shall pursue their plans of filing of charges to against Baldoz her grave abuse of discretion issuing an outright anti-labor decree.

UPAC also proposed that the DOLE deputize local labor union presidents as labor inspectors to boost the enforcement of labor standards and safety rules in order to curb occupational health and safety violations.

Going to the mattresses

The militant labor group declared that, “It would be grave injustice to the memory of one hundred and thirty eight workers occupational health victims from the Eton Greenbelt residences mishap in May 2011 up to the Kentex inferno if Baldoz remains at the helm of the DOLE and the prolongation of her anti-labor policies”.

The BMP together with allied organizations Sanlakas and Partido Lakas ng Masa will not rest and will go on the offensive if Baldoz does not voluntarily resign from her post or if the Aquino regime opts to coddle her.

PRESS RELEASE
21 May 2015
Ref. Leody De Guzman 0920-5200672
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Chairperson

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[Press Release] Junk contractualization to avert another Kentex- BMP

Junk contractualization to avert another Kentex- BMP

A LABOR group called for the immediate junking of Department Order 18-A (DO 18-A) of the labor department after the country suffered its worst industrial tragedy which claimed the lives of seventy-two workers in a fire that razed the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation factory in Valenzuela City last Wednesday.

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The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) demanded that DO 18-A to which they claimed was “instrumental in legalizing contractualization be scrapped without delay not only because it is a circumvention of our right to security of tenure and for its failure to ensure to uphold the rights of the workers but all the more for exacerbating the working conditions of employees. In the Kentex case, it has led to the tragic loss of lives”.

“The tragic death of seventy-workers must not be taken for granted. Their deaths must a wake-up call to Baldoz before it really turns into nightmare. Drastic and comprehensive reforms must be taken at once and the scrapping of the DO 18-A must be its centerpiece,” said Gie Relova, leader of BMP in Metro Manila.

He asserted that, “The death of seventy-two workers is conclusive enough to declare that the DO 18-A is a catastrophe in terms of upholding labor rights, it also leads to dereliction of duties and a source of corruption and collusion between corrupt labor and local government officials and unscrupulous capitalists,

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz last Friday admitted that Kentex had been engaging in subcontracting practices, a violation under the Labor Code. CJC Manpower Agency, the subcontractor of Kentex based in Meycauyan, Bulacan is not accredited by the labor department.

“By Baldoz’ own admission that labor-only contracting violations were prevalent among the employees of CJC and Kentex even if it inspected the workplace and granted it a Certificate of Compliance. The DO 18-A could not be implemented and will most likely lead to horrendous violations, similar to the case of the employees of Kentex,” he said.

Despite Baldoz admission, the Relova lamented that Baldoz admitted only a portion of the condition of the workers of Kentex saying that, “Baldoz deliberately failed to mention that the clear majority of the workers were employed under the pakyawan system or piece rate basis, a much worse form of labor-only contracting”.

Interviews held by BMP organizers with workers and families of the fire victims confirmed that of the less than four hundred workers employed by Kentex only thirty-eight are union members and a hundred and four casuals were deployed by CJC, indicating that a little more than two hundred fifty piece-rate workers toiling for 12 hours a day, seven days week for rates below the mandated wages

“Since the issuance of Department Order 18-A in 2011, the labor secretary up to the Kentex tragedy has weaved lie after lie for the past four years to paint a rosy picture of happy and productive workers. Truth is that, the working condition of the victims at Kentex is the general state of more than seventy percent of the national workforce,” Relova explained.

The militants vowed to hold wave upon wave of demonstrations until contractualization is abolished and all those liable for the tragic deaths are severely punished.

The BMP together with allied organizations have also called for the accountability of officials of labor department and its attached agencies as well as local government officials of Valenzuela City.

PRESS RELEASE
17 May 2015
Gie Relova 0915-2862555
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

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[Press Release] Talking Peace but Waging War Aquino betrayed the peace process, killed BBL, militants say -BMP

Talking Peace but Waging War
Aquino betrayed the peace process, killed BBL, militants say

A MILITANT labor group accused President Noynoy Aquino of abandoning the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The group further claimed that Aquino likewise killed whatever chances the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) had to be enacted.

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The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) in a statement said that, “Aquino betrayed his own cause for the BBL, because he himself admitted to having full and prior knowledge of the Mamasapano attack in his nationwide address. By giving the green light to proceed with the arrest operation despite being well-informed that the suspects’ location was a base camp of the MILF, this equates to sabotaging all the painstaking peace-building efforts of all stakeholders, including his own Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process”.

“This is a classic case of doublespeak, while proclaiming to pursue peace in Mindanao, Aquino back-stabbed the peace process with an armed, ill-advised, and uncoordinated intrusion on a known MILF territory. Aquino recklessly by-passed all agreed mechanisms for coordination between the GRP and the MILF under the 1997 Ceasefire Agreement,” they added.

“Now, that people are agitated with the Mamasapano tragedy, he naively maintains that he seeks the enactment of the BBL despite the overwhelming undercurrent for vengeance. Aquino has only himself to blame if the Mamasapano tragedy spills-over and the BBL junked by attention-seeking legislators who are merely riding on the sentiments of the public” Gie Relova of BMP pointed out.

The group believes that Aquino had all the means and powers within the Office of the President to employ less confrontational methods to avoid bloodshed and spoil the gains the peace process has achieved.

“For all we know, Aquino could have simply dialed the number of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal for coordination but opted not to do so. The non-usage of less confrontational methods is indeed the five-million-dollar-question that must be unearthed by the Board of Inquiry,” Relova urged.

“The Mamapasano betrayal only proves that the President could not be counted upon to secure peace with justice for both Moros and Filipinos,” the labor leader asserted.

The BMP also distanced itself from right-wing groups who are criticizing the President for not going after the Moros or the MILF. “We criticize the President not because he’s not as “tough” on the Moros as he should be, but because he sabotaged the peace process,” he declared.

The militants likewise denounced Aquino and his favored generals within the military hierarchy whom they branded as, “cold-blooded mercenaries for doing the dirty chores of their American puppet masters”.

They also added that, “To sacrifice the lives of the forty-four police commandos and twenty-four Moro victims to please the Americans is a new all-time high in terms of their servility”.

Relova dared US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg to come forward and own up the reports that the US was involved in the Mamasapano tragedy.

“It is a known fact that Marwan has long been in the order of battle of the American intelligence community, a motive to neutralize Marwan and Usman is very well-established. If they truly treat us as allies and are supportive of the peace-building efforts in Mindanao, then Goldberg must disclose all he knows for the sake of a grieving nation and the future of the peace process,” he said.

The militants also said that according to their sources, the spin doctors of the Palace are working double-time to downplay the participation of US armed forces in the botched police operation in Mamasapano.

PRESS RELEASE
4 February 2015

Ref. Gie Relova 0915-2862555
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

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[Press Release] Militant Labor Decry Union-busting at PMFTC -BMP

Militant Labor Decry Union-busting at PMFTC
Accuses Management of Unfair Labor Practice and Blames Aquino’s Sin Tax

IN AN e-mailed statement to the media, a militant labor group issued a strong condemnation after the management of the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco issued notices of termination to six hundred and forty of its regular employees in its Marikina plant. PMFTC is the producer of Marlboro and Fortune brand cigarettes and despite the reported decline in its market share still leads the industry in volume of sales.

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The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) called the move of the PMFTC management as “reeking with treachery” since the local union and the management just recently concluded their Collective Bargaining agreement (CBA) barely a month ago.

Meanwhile, PMFTC president Paul Riley in a statement to the media said the company treated its employees “with utmost respect”.

“This retrenchment plan of PMFTC is undeniably groundless and equally heartless because not only did the termination notice welcome their return from the holiday break but because the management deceptively led the workers to believe that they were getting a well-deserved promotion in benefits, said Gie Relova of BMP.

Among the benefits that were concluded in the CBA negotiations were annual increases of a thousand pesos for two years and other fringe benefits.

He claimed that the company is not bankrupt and is nowhere close to suffering financial losses based on its submitted financial statements to the Security and Exchange Commission in the past three years. Relova also said that the same company documents were used as baseline data during the CBA negotiations, indicating that the management acknowledged the veracity of the documents.

The management told their employees last week that they shall incur losses in the coming months based on their projections.

Relova explained that, “Ultimately, there can be no other motivation for them to lay-off workers but to bust the union so it can rake in more profits. Since the management’s stock build-up scheme and costly lobbying in Congress failed to curb the surge of the sales of its closest rival, it opted to make its diligent workers pay for its own miscalculations”.

He further argued that PMFTC has nearly six thousand workers nationwide, but its right-sizing scheme maliciously targeted five hundred-eighty union members, an overwhelming majority of the six hundred and forty regular employees to be terminated.

The BMP claimed that the remaining union members fear that this will not be the last attempt of the management. It said that, “Riley will not rest until the labor union is fully busted and its workforce entirely made up of contractual employees”.

The labor leader also took a swipe at the government. Relova focused his crosshairs on Senator Franklin Drilon and chief sin tax promoter, finance Secretary Cesar Purisima who repeatedly claimed during the deliberations of the Sin Tax Reform Law that increased excise tax collections will not lead to job losses.

“We demand that Drilon and Purisima for the sake of delicadeza issue a public apology for misleading the public as well as the allocation of sufficient state funds from the excise tax collection to provide financial package to soften the impacts of unemployment until they have secured regular employment,” Relova said.

The BMP leader likewise inferred that, “We were not mistaken in our analysis in 2012. The government is thrilled with its excise tax collection and the companies maintained to reap billions of pesos in profits. Ultimately only the factory workers and tobacco farmers shall be the ones to bear the brunt of the sumptuary imposition.

He added that, “In their insatiable quest for profit and taxes both the state and corporations arrange the workers to be the last to benefit from its own labor yet the first to be discarded when they fall short of their revenue targets”.

“Not only has this government failed to deliver the Filipino workers from the yoke of contractual employment, rampant violations of labor standards and wage suppression but has also condemned once productive workers to the gallows of unemployment and economic uncertainty,” he charged.

The BMP, though vindicated after fighting tooth and nail during the sin tax law deliberations vowed to make the Aquino government and the management of PMFTC pay for their rabid anti-worker schemes.

14 January 2015

Reference:
Gie Relova 0915-2862555
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

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