Labor Day wish: Workers expect good news from PNoy

April 30, 2012 10:46 pm 

MANILA, April 30 — Labor coalition Nagkaisa! on Monday said workers are expecting good news on the May 1 Labor Day breakfast meeting between President Benigno S. Aquino III and leaders of various labor groups.

“We are hoping that President Aquino will announce something significant, something hopeful which will uplift the morale of the workers who are sinking deeply into abject poverty due to increasing prices of commodities and skyrocketing cost of services,” said lawyer Democrito Mendoza, president of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP-Nagkaisa!) and one of the convenors of the new labor coalition Nagkaisa!.

Partido Manggagawa head Rene Magtubo said the group will submit to President Aquino issues and concerns on the worsening labor problems.

"These problems are not intractable. If the President doesn’t act on these issues now, he faces the wrath of the workers," Magtubo said.

In the letter, the coalition is asking President Aquino to:

1. End all contractualization by certifying as urgent House Bill 4853, or the consolidated version of Security of Tenure Bill. The bill will strengthen union organizing and collective bargaining;

2. Ratify the ILO Convention for Domestic Workers; enactment of Magna Carta for Domestic Workers which will ensure just compensation, benefits, and guarantees the right to organize;

3. Announce a substantial increase in salary by telling the wage boards to grant P90 wage increase in NCR and in other pending increases in all regions; and grant the P125 legislated wage increase; ensure application of salary standardization law and review of the distribution of Internal Revenue Allotment which will augment government workers needs.

The coalition will celebrate Labor Day by marching from Welcome Rotunda starting at 8 a.m. towards Mendiola where they will hold a short program beginning at 10 a.m.

The coalition will attempt to gather 20,000 workers. The celebration will also be attended by global union federations from other countries.

Simultaneous labor day mobilization will also be held in the cities of Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato and Iligan. (PNA) DCT/JMC/mec

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