Thursday, April 30, 2015

Moderate labor groups to muster 5,000 workers for Labor Day

DAVAO CITY, April 30 (PIA) A total of 5,000 workers under the banner of Nagkaisa, a coalition of moderate labor groups will gather at the People’s Park at Roxas Avenue to dramatize their plea in time for the commemoration of the Labor Day on May 1.

Michael Ybanez, spokesperson of Nagkaisa said efforts of the government to address the issues of unemployment need improvement.

He said the issues like unemployment and underemployment remain unchanged because of the prevalence of cheap labor policy, regulations allowing rampant contractualization, labor repression through hiring and firing policy and the preference of government to foreign investments and public-private partnership.

Ybanez said that the cheap labor policy favors more the capitalists than the workers since the former rake more profit than the laborers who solely rely on their wages.

He stressed that the real value of the minimum wage in Davao Region at P317 is only P214.19, while a family of five needs more than a thousand peso-living wage a day to enjoy a decent life.

“It is sad that the government never addressed our plight effectively for the past five years,” Ybanez said.

He urged the government to certify as urgent the bills assuring the Security of Tenure, living wage, universal health system and the passage of a better Bangsamoro Basic Law. 

Ybanez said they will dramatize these concerns by marching from the Freedom Park towards the city thoroughfare and back to show that the workers are aware of the issues besetting their plight. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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