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[Press Release] Real Noynoying is active defense of corporate greed at the expense of the Filipino masses – BMP

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”.

The BMP converged at the Welcome (Mabuhay) Rotonda in Quezon City at around 8:00 a.m., before they joined the Nagkaisa march from Espana to Mendiola.

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.”

PRESS RELEASE
May 1, 2012
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)

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[From the web] Sentro, Nagkaisa herald new era of ‘labor unity’; show strength in May 1 rallies –

Sentro, Nagkaisa herald new era of ‘labor unity’; show strength in May 1 rallies
by mabini, http://www.apl.org.ph/
May 1, 2012

THOUSANDS of trade unionists and activists poured into the streets of Manila and other key cities to celebrate May Day amid renewed hopes that the two latest efforts at labor unity will provide strong impetus to their uphill battle for labor and trade union rights.

At least 5,000 affiliates of the Sentro ng mga Progresibong Manggagawa (Sentro), a newly organized labor center, joined a more massive march and rally in Manila of the recently launched Nagkaisa! labor coalition.

From five converging places along España Blvd., about 20,000 Nagkaisa! members linked up and marched towards Mendiola, near the Malacañang Palace, for an unprecedented unity calling for an end to rampant contractualization, enactment of the Security of Tenure bill in the Congress, across-the-board wage hike, among others.

Similar Sentro and Nagkaisa! mobilizations were simultaneously held in main cities or provinces nationwide, including Lipa, Pampanga, Baguio, Legaspi, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, and Cotobato.

“Labor unity, however elusive is not totally impossible; but it must be actively pursued and nurtured because a fragmented and weak labor movement can never effectively defend and advance the interests of the workers and the masses, especially at this time of relentless global attacks from the neoliberal clique,” Frank Mero, SENTRO spokesperson said.
“The ‘Labor Unity March’ is a signal that the majority of the mainstream trade unions and other workers’ organizations are ready to take on the policies issues that have been ignored by governments for a long time,” Mero said.

Both SENTRO and NAGKAISA are calling on the Aquino government to: address the worsening precarious work in the country and certify as urgent the passage of security of tenure bill for the private sector (HB 4853) and for the public sector (SB 2875) that is now pending in Congress; support the workers’ demand for across the board wage increases for both the public and private sectors; address the failures of market-oriented policies in public utilities by scraping the EPIRA law and the Oil Deregulation law; prevent the violent demolitions of informal settlers by issuing an Executive Order that would stop the demolition of informal settlers and fast track the development of decent and adequate housing for the poor; provide solid guarantees for workers’ right to self-organization; and, protect and generate secure and decent jobs for all.

Launched only on April 12, Sentro is a national labor center composed of unions and federations in different industries and their subsectors – metal, including automotive, hotel and hospitality, postal, banking, broadcast media, food and beverages, seafaring – as well as the public sector and sectoral groupings of informal sector and urban poor, women, and youth.

Sentro is a member of the broad labor coalition aptly named Nagkaisa! (or united) that was also established last month and comprised by about 40 major trade unions and federations in the country.

Described as an issue-based, multiform and multi-ideological labor alliance, Nagkaisa! is nonetheless a breakthrough in the Philippine labor front as the last time a comparable coalition existed was in 1989 – the Labor Alliance for Wage Increase of P35 (Lawin 35).

The Sentro affiliates are the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), APL-Youth, Federation of Coca-Cola Unions (FCCU), Kapisanan ng Maralitang Obrero (KAMAO), League of Independent Bank Organizations (LIBO), MARINO seafarers’ group, National Alliance of Broadcast Unions (NABU), National Confederation of Transportworkers’ Unions (NCTU), National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN), Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association (PIPSEA), Philippine Metalworkers’ Alliance (PMA), Pinag-isang Tinig at Lakas ng Anakpawis (PIGLAS), Postal Employees Union of the Philippines (PEUP), and Workers’ Solidarity Network (WSN).

On the other hand, the roster of the Nagkaisa! include the Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), affiliates of the Associated Labor UnionsTrade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), members of SENTRO, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Confederation of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (MAKABAYAN), National Federation of Labor Unions (NAFLU), National Mines and Allied Workers’ Union (NAMAWU), National Confederation of Labor (NCL), Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA), Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA), Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), Philippine Transport and General Workers Organization (PTGWO), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Association of Concerned Employees (TESDA-ACE).

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[Statement] Reviving labor unity and struggles amidst the global rebellion of the 99% -PM

Reviving labor unity and struggles amidst the global rebellion of the 99%

Photo source Froilan Tancinco FB

Grace Lee is far luckier than private sector workers for President Benigno Aquino has surprises for the former but no gifts for the latter on Labor Day. But this is not due to a personal defect on the part of PNoy but a systemic defect of the government. The government is captive to a defective economic model called globalization which sacrifices workers needs to the interests of foreign investors and local capitalists.

From “Erap para sa Mahirap” to “Kayo ang boss ko,” Malacanang’s spinmeisters have concocted different kinds of packaging to the same product—a regime of suppression of workers wages and labor rights for the sake of an illusory development anchored on foreign investments and global competitiveness.

This is confirmed by the recently released “Global Wage Report 2010” of the ILO which notes that workers in the Philippines are among the lowest paid in the world and wages are falling still. Low wages particularly afflicts women workers and even those with high educational attainment. But we really do not need the ILO to confirm the bitter reality felt by Filipino workers—low wages, few benefits, contractual jobs, mass unemployment and repression of unions despite GNP growth.

The imperative to unite and fight for the dignity of workers is the spark for the formation of Nagkaisa which embraces the country’s major labor centers and groups for the first time since the 1980’s. The unity forged among some 40 labor organizations to advance the struggle for regular jobs, wage hike, low cost of electricity and oil, among others as immediate concerns together with long-term demands on policy shift is a key component of the renewal and revival of the labor movement. A strong militant labor movement is the foundation for the working class to regain its place as the tribune of the people and vanguard of social change.

In the entire world, May Day this year will be commemorated in mass protests if not in general strikes. May 1st is a day to express the resistance of the 99% to the greed of the 1%. The convergence of the youth-led Occupy movement with the traditional labor movement will radicalize and strengthen both. In the US, the Occupy movement is calling for a general strike, meaning “no work, no school, no shopping, no banking, and no trading.” The call has reverberated in hundreds of cities across the globe and a worldwide disruption of the status quo is the agenda.

The struggle of PALEA against contractualization and of Tucuma Federation against demolition is part of the global rebellion of the 99% against the 1%. In the midst of such life-and-death battles for workers welfare and rights, the unity in action of Nagkaisa will be tested and forged. The historic Labor Day rally by Nagkaisa in Mendiola and in other cities in Visayas and Mindanao is an important first step on the long journey to recover the dignity of workers, revive the labor movement and ultimately reform Philippine society.

Press Statement
May 1, 2012
Renato Magtubo
Chairperson
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact 09178532905

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[Press Release] Partido ng Manggagawa slams government inaction on workers demands

Partido ng Manggagawa slams government inaction on workers demands

The militant Partido ng Manggaggawa (PM) slammed the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for its inaction on workers demands for a wage hike and against contractualization. “Grace Lee is far luckier than private sector workers for President Benigno Aquino has surprises for the former but no gifts for the latter on Labor Day. But this is not due to a personal defect on the part of PNoy but a systemic defect of the government. The government is captive to a defective economic model called globalization which sacrifices workers needs to the interests of foreign investors and local capitalists,” asserted Renato Magtubo, PM chair.

PM joined the recently-formed Nagkaisa in holding a 20,000-strong “historic” rally by the newly-formed Nagkaisa, which unites the country’s major labor center for the first time since the 1980’s. An advance contingent of some 500 youth and workers held a “Lakbayan para sa Pabahay at Trabaho” yesterday that started from Baclaran Church and ended at the Holy Trinity Church in Balic-Balic, Manila for an overnight vigil.

In today’s protest, PM members flew kites symbolizing the lifting of the dignity of workers and rising of workers’ wages. They also carried makeshift “gadgets” labeled “Stop Noynoying, Work for the workers” to bring attention to the administration’s inaction on workers’ demands for regular jobs, wage hike, socialized housing, and low prices of electricity.

As early as 7:00 a.m. the different groups assembled all along the length of Espana from Welcome Rotonda to Forbes. By 9:00 a.m. the Nagkaisa rally started proceeding to Mendiola and the program lasted until 11:00 a.m. After the rally, PM and the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association held a motorcade back to the protest camp for an afternoon program.

Magtubo added that “The recently released ‘Global Wage Report’ of the ILO notes that workers in the Philippines are among the lowest paid in the world and wages are falling still. But PNoy remains deaf and blind to the call for salary increase.”

The Labor Day commemoration by groups comprising Nagkaisa was nationwide in scope. In Cebu, some 4,000 members of PM, ALU-TUCP, APL-SENTRO and Makabayan marched by 8:00 a.m. from the Pier 1 to downtown Colon and then a staged rally at the office of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Some 1,000 sugar workers and factory laborers led by PM held a rally at the Bacolod public plaza. Hundreds of leaders of labor unions, jeepney drivers associations, trisikad federation, truck drivers association, farm workers and urban poor in Iloilo City held an indoor assembly in the morning and then marched downtown in the afternoon. In Davao, some 400 members of Nagkaisa including PM assembled by 1:00 p.m. at Orcullo Park and then marched around the city.

Press Release
May 1, 2012
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact Judy Ann Miranda @ 09175570777, 09228677522

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