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CHR warns red-tagging has 'serious implications' on security of groups

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that branding any group as a communist front without proper trial violates their constitutional guarantee of presumption of innocence

On Bonifacio Day, workers demand freedom from poverty

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:49 PM

'Hindi pa rin tayo malaya sa kontraktuwalisasyon. Hindi tayo malaya sa mababang sahod. Hindi tayo malaya sa kahirapan,' says Makabayan bloc leader Neri Colmenares

PROTEST. Workers on strike and labor groups march to Mendiola on Bonifacio Day. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

AFP sends soldiers to 'prevent chaos' at Japanese-owned banana plantation

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The Eastern Mindanao Command says the deployment was upon the request of the Department of Labor and Employment in Region 11 'for peacekeeping assistance' in the Sumifru plantation

ON STRIKE. Workers on strike outside the Sumifru company in Compostela Valley. Photo from the Namasufa-Naflu-Kmu Facebook page

The week in photos: May 26-June 1, 2018

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Bangladeshi volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a shrine in Dhaka on May 27, 2018.Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

IN PHOTOS: Gearing up for Labor Day

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Groups stage a creative protest calling for an end to ENDO on the eve of Labor Day

WARM-UP. Protesters hold a pre-Labor Day protest in Quezon City on April 30, 2018 to call for an end to ENDO.

The week in photos: March 10-16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during Syrian government air strikes on Zamalka, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13, 2018. More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since regime forces on February 18 launched an air and ground assault on the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have been living under government siege since 2013, facing severe food and medecine shortages even before the latest assault. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

DOLE hits over 30% of regularization target as yearend nears

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says 75,430 workers have already been regularized as of November 3

TARGET. Labor undersecretary Joel Maglungsod says DOLE Regional Offices estimates that there are nearly 200,000 workers that needs to be regularized. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cebu, Davao not joining October 17 transport strike

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:23 PM

(UPDATED) Piston says the strike will continue on Tuesday, October 17, in all Metro Manila cities and 20 provinces

NO TO MODERNIZATION. Piston declares the day 1 of their transport strike against jeepney modernization a success. Photo by Maria Tan

100% participation in transport strike in parts of Luzon – Piston

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Transport group Piston says a million Filipinos in the PUJ industry would be 'displaced' if the jeepney modernization program pushes through

DOLE poised to back 4-day workweek bill

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:25 PM

But Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the government will still listen to the views of workers and employers in a meeting set for Thursday August 31

COMPRESSED WORKWEEK. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III says they are poised to support the measure that seeks to compress the minimum number of working days from 5 to 4. Rappler photo

Misamis Oriental workers seek end to contractualization

May 01, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Labor leaders say workers do not feel the effects of the Philippines economic growth

END CONTRACTUALIZATION. A laborer and union member from the Bagong Buhay Arastre and Stevedoring, Inc. calls demands for the govenrment to strictly implement fair labor practices. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Labor Day cry: 'End contractualization, raise wages'

May 01, 2016 - 2:42 PM

On Labor Day militant workers call the Aquino administration a butcher of jobs as they challenge presidential bets to abolish contractualization and raise wages

NEDA: More Filipinos employed in Jan 2016

Mar 12, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Labor groups say more jobs are being generated for the 2016 elections but they expect unemployment to rise again after the polls

MORE JOBS. Government data show that employment among Filipinos improved in January 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Duterte to labor unions: I meant unions that kill business

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The presidential bet says he would only crack down on labor unions that abuse their right to self organize and create an environment where businesses cannot flourish

DUTERTE ON LABOR UNIONS. Duterte says abusive labor unions are bad for business. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Valenzuela Mayor Gatchalian faces criminal raps over Kentex fire

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Justice special panel also recommends a further investigation of the possible liabilities of labor officials over the largest industrial accident in the country

DOLE endorses to DOJ criminal cases vs Kentex

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz turns over to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima a briefer on violations of labor laws detailing possible evidence to support criminal action against Kentex Manufacturing and its subcontractor

Filipino firemen carry a body inside a cadaver bag from a burnt warehouse following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. Five persons were killed after they were trapped inside a burning rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela City, according to arson investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Dire conditions found in factories around Kentex

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Workers are not provided with personal protective equipment including earplugs for noise pollution face masks for airborne contaminants and welding goggles

epa04747280 Filipino workers collect water next to a burnt footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Victims' kin, survivors file criminal raps vs Kentex

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:41 PM

A total of 52 – 8 casualties kin and 44 survivors – name 9 Kentex owners as respondents in their criminal complaint

CASUALTIES. Authorities examine charred bodies of workers killed in the Kentex factory fire in Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex says kin of more than half of fire casualties will settle

Jun 15, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The settlement of the civil aspect of the case aside the workers say they will still file a criminal complaint against the footwear manufacturer

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex 'dummy' ordered to pay P8.3M to 99 workers

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

The amount is higher than the initial estimate of P7 8 million

Kentex survivors, victims' kin file complaint vs Baldoz, Roxas

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:18 PM

Workers go to the Ombudsman wary that the Aquino government is sparing Cabinet members and eyeing only Valenzuela local officials for possible charges

PROTEST. Family and relatives of kentex workers killed in the factory fire file charges against labor officials before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on June 8. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ creates special panel on Kentex factory fire

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:18 PM

The 6 member panel will review official reports and gather evidence to determine criminal and administrative charges over the deadly blaze

Metro Manila needs more labor laws compliance officers

Jun 02, 2015 - 6:44 PM

There are only about 150 labor laws compliance officers in the region catering to over 37 344 establishments far from the recommendation of the International Labor Organization

SEARCH. Authorities enter the burnt Kentex factory in Valenzuela City. Photo by Francis Malasig

No push from Aquino to pass pro-worker laws

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:33 PM

Aquino says there is already an impetus from members of Congress themselves to enact these laws

Labor laws compliance system is 'landmark reform' – DOLE

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:26 PM

With the unfortunate incident happening under a system lauded for being a game changer in workplace assessment Aquino is under pressure to institute long lasting pro worker reforms

DEADLY BLAZE. A fire razes a slipper factory in Valenzuela City on May 13, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex to pay at least P7.8M to 'underpaid' workers – DOLE

May 23, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The amount excludes unpaid law mandated benefits reportedly denied to the 99 factory workers among others

Labor dep't orders Kentex 'dummy' to stop operations

May 23, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Depending on the results of ongoing probes criminal charges can likewise be lodged against CJC Manpower Services and Kentex Manufacturing

Valenzuela lawmaker hits mayor over Kentex permit

May 21, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Representative Magtanggol Gunigundo believes the grant of the footwear manufacturer s provisional business permit violated the Fire Code

KENTEX FACTORY. A view of a burnt footwear factory following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Deaths in PH factory fire show need for decent jobs

May 20, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Part of the government s commitment to uphold international labor standards is monitoring and regulating businesses so that jobs created are not mere sources of income but are also safe secure and decent

WIDOWER. Emmanuel Madiclom loses his wife and daughter to a Valenzuela fire. Photo by Faye Sales

Valenzuela factory fire 'rallying point' vs contractual labor

May 19, 2015 - 8:22 PM

Resigned Akbayan Representative Walden Bello says the incident provides an opportunity for pro worker groups to push for reforms

Kentex no-show at first DOLE meeting on deadly fire

May 19, 2015 - 5:09 PM

Labor officials believe that Kentex Manufacturing s subcontractor CJC Manpower Services is its dummy

Valenzuela fire 'setback' for PH manufacturing – analyst

May 18, 2015 - 7:43 PM

The fatal Valenzuela fire prompts many groups to question the effectiveness of the labor department s Labor Laws Compliance System

DOLE stresses construction safety after BGC building mishap

Feb 05, 2015 - 5:19 PM

A labor group also renews calls to criminalize grave violations of occupational health and safety standards to deter employers from committing such gross offenses

A part of an on going construction of The Suites in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig collapsed Wednesday morning. Rescuers are still searching for any possible casualties.

Stop 'unreasonable' Philhealth premium hike, SC told

Jan 30, 2014 - 6:50 PM

Calling the premium increase an abandonment of government responsibility to subsidize healthcare the labor group is also appealing for a TRO

PNP crosses picket

Jul 21, 2013 - 6:04 PM

Labor dispute grows violent no end in sight

PNP crosses picket

KMU: Workers don't feel economic growth

May 02, 2013 - 12:53 AM

The labor group regarded as the largest militant labor center in the Philippines expressed dismay over the Aquino government s refusal to address workers demand for a wage hike

Try BPO jobs, labor chief tells unemployed nurses

Mar 04, 2012 - 5:32 PM

A labor group however slams the call of labor chief for nurses to try out jobs in BPOs as a bad ad hoc plan