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[In the news] Zagu workers go on strike to protest ‘union busting, contractualization’ -INQUIRER.net

The workers of famous pearl shake chain Zagu went on strike Thursday to protest alleged “union busting and illegal contractualization.”

“The Union filed a Notice of Strike last January to address these issues, but discussions collapsed earlier this week,” the Organization of Zagu Workers – Solidarity Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms (Organiza-Super) said in a statement.

Union Secretary Hazel Calain said that even as her group was holding dialogues with the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), the management was “harassing union officials and members by sending several Notices to Explain for joining union activities.”

Calain noted that around 250 employees performing core functions for the company such as machine operators and service crew are “contracted out from three different service cooperatives and manpower agencies.”

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[In the news] Hontiveros calls for Senate probe on death of Partido Manggagawa nominee -Manila Bulletin

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros sought on Monday a Senate probe into the murder of labor leader and fifth nominee of Partido Manggagawa (PM), Dennis Sequena, who was shot dead in Barangay Bunga, Tanza, Cavite last Sunday.

After condemning the murder, Hontiveros filed Senate Resolution 1062 urging the Senate to investigate the killing of Sequena and other labor leaders and organizers.

“I am deeply saddened by the murder of our fellow advocate Dennis Sequena, who lived his life advocating for Filipino workers and their families. We hope that the authorities are doing their best to bring peace and justice to the Sequena family,” Hontiveros said.

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[From the web] Criminalization and anti-union measures heightened in 2014 -CTUHR

Criminalization and anti-union measures heightened in 2014
(Second part of a three-part series of Trade Union and Human Rights Situation 2014 )

In the year 2014, CTUHR documented a total of 82 cases of trade union and human rights violations that affected almost 10,000 workers (See Tables 8a and 8b). Dismissals, refusal to bargain with the union, and union busting are the most glaring economic violations affecting several thousands of workers. At least one worker was extra-judicially killed while hundreds more were harassed, threatened and detained. Number of victims of legal offensives increased by 75 percent as more unionists were slapped with false criminal charges. Violations of labor standards were also documented even as the government reported high compliance rating of private enterprises with less than 200 workers.

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Violations of labor standards

CTUHR documented several cases of labor standard violations notably non-payment of minimum wages. For example in Ardi Construction and Development Corp. in Pasig, workers only receive P 350 to 420 a day in contrast to the minimum wage of P466. Workers in Creative Stone Tech. Corp in Bulacan also receive wages below the minimum rate of P349. Creative Stone, a company which produces kitchen sinks and tiles and employs at least 100 employees, pays only P250 for 8 hours of work each day.

The government reported a 98 percent compliance to labor standards of enterprises with 200 or more workers with 11 regions including CARAGA registered 100 percent compliance rate, 99.2 percent for Region IV-A or CALABARZON and 99.8 percent in the National Capital Region. However, it must be noted that the government adopts a “self-assessment” procedure for big enterprises. This means that companies with 200 or more workers need not be inspected by labor standard inspectors; rather these companies evaluate their own compliance with the labor standards. But for companies with less than 200 workers, the DOLE inspected 29,248 enterprises in 2014 and found 84.6 percent compliance rate: 89.8 percent in the NCR, 83.2 percent in CALABARZON, 70.8 percent in CARAGA, and 54.9 percent in Region IV-B or MIMAROPA.

Loose regulations and enforcement of occupational health and safety standards keep workers barely protected from occupational deaths and hazards resulting in 11 more worker deaths in the year 2014. Three separate accidents claimed the lives of workers in the following companies: Hanjin Heavy Industries Subic Zambales (1); Asia Metro Tech, Pasay (8); and Ardi Const and Development Corp. (2) (See Table#). Similar to DOLE’s guidelines on basic labor standards, companies with 200 or more workers merely undergo self-assessment to check their compliance to OHS standards. In the year 2014, the DOLE reported having inspected 3,711 workplaces with less than 200 workers, 88.3 percent of which complied to OHS standards.

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6 March 2015

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[Statement] Appeal for Urgent Solidarity Action for the Adamson University Faculty and Employees Association -BMP

Appeal for Urgent Solidarity Action for the
Adamson University Faculty and Employees Association

The Adamson University Faculty and Employees Association (AUFEA) held a strike vote last December 11 with the following results: Yes – 291, No – 83, Stray – 14. The grounds of the strike is “gross unfair labor practice” and “union busting” as union president Professor Orestes delos Reyes was served a notice of dismissal on October 24 for alleged “gross misconduct, unprofessional behavior”. The illegal termination/union busting case is now ongoing before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB).

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With due respect to NCMB Conciliator-Mediator Michelle Jean O. Renido, who is hearing the case, the BMP believes that the primary motive for the heavy-handed punishment to Prof. delos Reyes is “union busting”, a gross unfair labor practice and “strike-able issue”.

The complaint against the AUFEA union president is fabricated. The complainant-student did not specifically see Prof. delos Reyes allegedly curse her with “anak ng puta”. She is not even his student. Requirements for procedural due process were also not achieved. The verdict was reached in a single session without giving Prof. delos Reyes an ample chance to defend himself.

Also, the punishment, dismissal (with a costly paid advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Second Front Page, October 30, 2014), is not commensurate to the allegations, even if it were true. In previous cases of “sexual harassment” handled by the union through its grievance procedure, erring employees were only served work suspensions.

The BMP is, therefore, compelled to ask: “what is the reason behind the swift and severe punishment against Prof. delos Reyes?” We believe that the University Administration seeks to decapitate the Union (Adamson University Faculty and Employees Association – AUFEA) in preparation for collective bargaining negotiations in 2015.

Hence, the BMP is calling on all labor unions – regardless of ideological/political persuasions and organizational affiliations – to support the AUFEA and their pending strike at said university.

We likewise appeal to the University Administration – in the spirit of social justice, peace and love campaigned for by Pope Francis – to practice restraint and fairness in the exercise of “management prerogative”. We also seek the intervention of Church leaders, particularly the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), to prevent the escalation of infringements to labor rights and welfare in Adamson University.

For inquiries, please call AUFEA president Prof. Orestes “Jun” delos Reyes at 09274303342.

Press Statement
17 December 2014
Reference: Leody de Guzman 0920-5200672
Chairman, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

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[Press Release] Labor group calls for release of detained Cebu union leader -PM

Labor group calls for release of detained Cebu union leader

The militant Partido Manggagawa (PM) today called for the release of the detained union president of Copper Corp. in Toledo City, Cebu as his petition for bail is heard today. Tony Cuizon, president of the Panaghiusa sa Mamumuo sa Carmen Copper (PAMCC-AGLO), is currently detained at the Toledo city jail after he was arrested last October 25 in Cavite on the strength of warrants for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. He has filed an urgent motion for bail that is being heard today in Toledo.

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Renato Magtubo, PM national chairperson, appealed for the release of Cuizon, a PM national council member, on humanitarian grounds as he is sickly and advanced of age. “A politician gets the privilege of hospital arrest and a US soldiers gets special treatment but a worker, even if ill and elderly, has to endure the bad conditions of a city jail for more than a month now,” he added.

Dennis Derige, PM-Cebu spokesperson, stated that on Cuizon’s first day at the Toledo jail, the latter had a high blood attack and was only brought to a clinic. “Cuizon is a senior citizen who suffers from severe hypertension, diabetes and arthritis, arguably work-related illnesses borne out of decades working in the copper mines of Toledo,” he explained.

Magtubo argued that the arrest warrants, criminal cases and police raids were in violation of existing guidelines in the conduct of police during labor disputes. PM insists that the warrants were flawed since they were the product of illegal raids conducted in March 2013 on the PAMCC office, and the houses of Cuizon and the union treasurer. The union avers that the firearms and a grenade allegedly found in the raid at the PAMCC office were planted by the police.

“Once again the Philippines rivals Colombia as the most dangerous place for unionists with numerous cases of labor leaders killed, injured or harassed. Cuizon’s arrest and incarceration illustrates the double standard of justice in our country,” Magtubo stated.

Derige averred that “The arrest of Ka Tony is part of Carmen Copper management’s continuing effort to bust the genuine union at the mine and leave the workers defenseless in the face of attempts to downgrade wages and benefits, and impose contractualization among mine workers. The police and the courts are being used as instruments of capitalists.”

Derige explained that Cuizon’s arrest followed on the heels of the decertification of PAMCC as the sole and exclusive bargaining union at the mine, and the formation of a management-backed yellow union.

Carmen Copper has recently been hit by spate of labor disputes as mine workers resist corporate attacks on working conditions. Last February, PAMCC filed a notice of strike for management’s unfair labor practices and violation of the collective bargaining agreement. Also this year, workers contracted to haul and dispose of Carmen Copper’s mine wastes were derailed in forming a union because of the intervention of the huge manpower contractor Asiapro but the case remains pending at the Labor Department. Unions have condemned Asiapro as an illegal labor-only contractor.

Press Release
November 25, 2014
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Dennis Derige @ 09335142179

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Finalists for 2nd HR Pinduteros Choice for HR Bloggers’ posts

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[PALEA] HISTORY (Countdown to September 30 Blog. Day 1, Week 1)
by Koi Hernandez

On September 21, 1946 a group of about 50 ground technical/mechanics employees based in Nichols field, Pasay City, founded a Union popularly know as the PHILIPPINE AIRLINESEMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION (PALEA).

In 1952 the passage of R.A. 875 increased union membership to 1,500. By 1954, however, because of the suspension of the international flight operations, many union members were retrenched causing misery and economic hardship to their families.

The “CBA Golden” era started when the Company agreed to provide the so-called “PALEmployees’ retirement Plan of 1957” to its employees. Between 1956 and 1965 the Union was strong and stable and this was bolstered by demanding for a 40-hour work week and the filing of the rate of pay case.

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The Education Budget (2011 Philippine Education Situation: series)
By Renato G. Mabunga, Ph.D.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution speaks elaborately of the right to education.  It vows to “…protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and… take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all… (1987 Philippine Constitution, Article XIV).  In principle, the Philippines takes cognizance of the normative characteristics or elements by which the right to education is founded namely: quality education, accessibility of the right and non-discrimination.  By being so, bonded itself to the obligatory nature in realizing the right both legally and politically.

The Philippine, as a state signatory to various instruments providing normative contents to the right to education, is bound by all these treaties and declarations to provide legislative as well as administrative frameworks for the realization of this right.  It must concretize its commitment to promote, protect and fulfill human rights in its development plans.

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By Renato G. Mabunga, Ph.D.

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[Photo blog] Images of protest action against Greed
Photos by Bro. Martin Francisco

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Karahasan sa kababaihan, tigilan na!
by Greg Bituin

Kamakailan ay nabalita sa telebisyon ang pagdukot, panggagahasa’t pagpatay sa isang babaeng estudyante ng University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) noong Setyembre 23. Ang biktima’y nakilalang si Given Grace Cebanico, 19 na taong gulang. Kasunod nito’y nabalita sa pahayagang Remate ang panggagahasa at pagpatay sa isang 9-anyos na babae na natagpuan ang bangkay sa loob ng isang simbahan sa Muntinlupa noong Oktubre 27.

Kahindik-hindik at nakagagalit ang mga balitang ito. Wala silang kalaban-laban at kinitlan pa ng buhay. Anong uri ng mga halimaw ang may kagagawan ng mga ito?

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Mga Mokong banat and pick-up lines 2011
by Mokong Perspective

Usong uso ang pamatay na pick-up lines nitong 2011.  Kaya naman sumubok ang ilang mga Mokong at Mokang to draft their own bilang pamaskong handog…eto ang Mokong banat and pick-up lines, one more time…

Mokang: (to Palparan) Lakwatsero ka ba?
Palparan: Bakit? Kasi hanggang sa panaginip mo nakakarating ako.
Mokang: Hindi. Hindi ka kasi mahuli-huli e.

Rights groups: (to Palparan) Sana ulan ka at lupa na lang ako.
Palparan: Bakit? Para kahit gaano kalakas ang patak ko, sa iyo pa rin ang bagsak ko? Hehehe.
Rights groups: Hindi. Para kahit makatakas ka at makalipad, sa kin pa rin ang bagsak mo at nang mapakulong kita. Hehehe!

Palparan: Hindi naman ako tubig. Pero bakit sila uhaw sa ‘kin?
Mokong: Hindi kami uhaw sa ‘yo. Uhaw kami sa hustisya!

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Akbayan joins PALEA: PAL must be made accountable for bad management
by Walden Bello

Akbayan is one with the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association in their protest against Lucio Tan and Philippine Airlines Management’s reckless outsourcing plan that threatens the welfare of almost 3,000 workers and their families. We decry PALmanagement’s removal of duly qualified workers way ahead of their scheduled termination, in the process replacing them with scabs or workers unfit for the job. We condemn Lucio Tan’s greed and PAL’s decision to prioritized profit margins over the welfare of workers.

Dear colleagues, I urge you to look closer into the events that led to PALEA’s September 27 protest action to determine if it is the management or the union that should be called into account.

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Let’s define KANINA and UP-DOWN-UP-DOWN
by Mokong Perspective

Sa tagal na ako ay nakabalik heto ang naging salubong sa kin ng isang ka-mokang natin…

Mokong: Kamusta… kanina ka pa?

Mokang: Kanina… Let’s define kanina!

Mokong: Parang pamilyar…

Mokang: Kanina damo lang siya, ngayon puno na! Kanina naka-crew cut ako, ngayon pangshampoo commercial na. At higit sa lahat… BATA PA KO KANINA!!!

Ganito rin daw ang nangyari kay dating pangulong GMA. Nang matapos niyang maka-settle sa nilipatang silid sa Veterans Hospital, ito daw ang eksena…

Mike: Kamusta, kanina ka pa?

GMA: Kanina… lets define kanina! Kanina nasa St. Luke’s lang ako, ngayon wala na! kanina nakaalis na sana ako ng bansa, kung di dahil sa De Limang yan! At higit sa lahat DATING PRESIDENTE PA AKO KANINA, NGAYON DETAINEE NA!

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Agaw Trip Komiks sa FB – Tuition Hike nakamamatay

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[Event] UPAC (United Workers against Price increases Coalition) Press Conference -BMP

BMP MEDIA ADVISORY

The fight against oil price increase is far from over, a new aggrupation of trade union, federations and labor organization is set to be launched.

The government’s flip flopping stand to ultimately resolve the unabated oil price increases is totally unacceptable. A group of trade unions, federations and labor organizations is forging an alliance to present a unified demand to finally put an end to this problem.

UPAC, United Workers against Price increases Coalition will hold a
PRESS CONFERENCE
Tomorrow, March 23, 2012 (Friday)
10:30am
at the Homers’ Restaurant
(Located across ABS-CBN gate along Scout Esguerra, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City)

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For more information & details please contact:
Contact Person: Teody Navea (BMP Vice President) Cellphone# 9286639185