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House OKs bill requiring universities to teach workers' rights

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would integrate labor education into the mandatory social science subjects under the general education curriculum

ENDING ENDO. Various workers'  groups stage a protest to call for the end of labor contractualization on August 26, 2019. Fie photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bello now supports creation of new OFW department

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

But senators are not completely sold on the need to create a new government agency

BUDGET HEARING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presents the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment on September 17, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Over 8,000 foreign POGO workers lack permits – DOLE

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay says 1,693 have since applied for the required alien employment permit, while a list of 6,678 others who did not was given to immigration

ILLEGAL WORKERS. The Department of Labor and Employment says over 8,000 foreign workers in POGOs did not have required working permits as of June 2019. Photo by Rappler

GMA-7 contests DOLE findings on Eddie Garcia case

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:03 PM

DOLE earlier said that the network committed 3 violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Law in the on-set accident involving the veteran actor

EDDIE GARCIA. The veteran actor, seen here accepting an award in 2018, died in June after sustaining a cervical spine injury in an on-set accident. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Google employees free to express views under settlement with U.S.

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:52 AM

Google will post digital notices on its internal employee computer network and physical copies at its headquarters reminding employees of their rights


Budget cuts may hurt DOLE programs for OFWs, displaced workers in 2020

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks the House committee on appropriations for an additional P4 billion or P5 billion for his department next year

BUDGET WOES. The lower budget allocated for DOLE in 2020 may reduce the funds for on-site welfare services for overseas Filipino workers. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

DOLE hit for lack of baseline data on contractual workers

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:42 PM

'In the absence of any data, mahirap masabi na 504,000 [regularized workers] is an accomplishment,' Bayan Muna Representative Ferdinand Gaite tells the labor department

LACKING DATA. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III faces the House committee on appropriations on September 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:51 PM

President Moon Jae-in says Seoul is willing to work with Tokyo to secure 'fair trade and cooperation' in the region

MOON JAE-IN. In this file photo, South Korea President Moon Jae-in addresses journalists on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

Labor groups to DOLE: SOGIE workplace policy needed

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and Sentro make the call after the arrest of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at a Quezon City mall

Despite Duterte veto, Makabayan bloc refiles anti-endo bill in House

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:35 PM

For the progressive lawmakers, President Rodrigo Duterte's veto 'reflected his true bias' and priority of business interests over workers' welfare

ENDING ENDO. (From L-R) Makabayan lawmakers Arlene Brosas, Eufemia Culamat, Ferdinand Gaite, Carlos Zarate, and Sarah Elago re-file the anti-endo bill on August 5, 2019. Photo from Makabayan

DOLE to aid workers affected by Duterte order vs PCSO games

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:33 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment adds workers may apply for unemployment insurance from the Social Security System

CLOSED. Cops shut down PCSO Lotto outlets in Makati City on July 27, 2019 following the order of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Makati police

After Duterte veto, DOLE to submit proposal for new anti-endo bill

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says provisions on defining 'labor-only contracting' among others will be part of a new proposal it will submit to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council by August 5

END ENDO. Labor groups march along Espana, Manila to push for the end of contractualization schemes on Labor Day, May 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After Duterte's veto, labor groups vow to continue fight vs endo

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) Despite the setback, labor groups say President Duterte's veto won't stop workers' struggle to end contractualization

FIGHTING ENDO. Labor groups vow to continue pushing for the end of contractualization despite President Duterte's veto of the security of tenure bill. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Workers forgotten in SONA? TUCP says labor not Duterte's policy priority

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says there were no marching orders from the President on 'matters that concern the daily lives of workers'

NEVER TO GIVE UP. Members of progressive organizations in the Cordillera march alone business district of Baguio lead the fight against the decades-old challenges and attack to their cultural identity and existence amidst the labelling by the government on them as communist fronts in celebration of Labor Day May 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Labor officer is DSWD's 'outstanding partner' in Catanduanes livelihood program

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Labor officer Russel Ulysses Nieves says addressing poverty is a collaborative effort and cannot be done by one government agency alone

AWARDEE. DOLE Catanduanes officer-in-charge Russel Ulysses Nieves during the awarding ceremony. Photo courtesy of DOLE Bicol

Vico Sotto tells Zagu: 'Follow the law, respect workers’ rights'

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Pasig mayor intervenes in a tussle between unionist and pro-management workers, and defends the protesters' right to remain on strike

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

Philippines sets up foreign workers database

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'To effectively pursue our mandate of taxing foreign workers, we need accurate data on foreigners working in the Philippines,' says Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay


NLRC issues TRO against Zagu strike

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The National Labor Relations Commission says its order is 'without prejudice' to the union's right to peaceful picketing

TRO. A Zagu employee skims through a copy of the temporary restraining order issued by the National Labor Relations Commission which was received by the union on Thursday, June 27. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

Filipino arrested in U.S. for illegally recruiting OFWs

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Maria Luisa Estrella Jaidi and Ramon Singson Estrella face a maximum sentence of 10 years for visa fraud

[ANALYSIS] A workers’ alternative for Hanjin

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:00 PM

It is time to consider workers’ control as a viable antidote for bankrupt private businesses and, more essential, for imagining a new peoples’ economy

'Tuloy ang laban': Workers assert rights as labor leader laid to rest

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:52 AM

On a day commemorating the country’s freedom from colonizers, workers gather to honor slain labor leader, Dennis Sequeña, and to fight for workers' rights

FIGHT FOR RIGHTS. Representatives of Samahang Mangagawang Nagkakaisa sa Jisoo raise their arms with clenched fists as they pledge to continue fighting for their rights after the funeral march held for Ka Dennis Sequeña on Wednesday, June 12. Photo by Stanley Triston Guevarra/Rappler

Hundreds seek justice at funeral for slain labor leader Dennis Sequeña

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Dennis Sequeña's colleagues vow never to stop demanding action on his case until his killers are caught

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Hundreds of people call for justice during the funeral march for slain labor leader Dennis Sequeña to Sta. Cruz Memorial Park in Cavite on Independence Day, June 12, 2019. All photos by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Workers reject 'weak' anti-endo bill

May 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) Labor groups argue that some 'strong' provisions in the House version of the anti-contractualization bill should have made it to the measure's final version

ENDING ENDO. Workers from various companies stage a rally calling for the passing of SB 1826 or the Security of Tenure bill at the main gate of the Seante on August 7, 2018. Fle photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vanquished Australian opposition shifts left with new leader

May 27, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Anthony Albanese, from Labor's left faction, replaces Bill Shorten when Shorten stepped down hours after losing the elections

ANTHONY ALBANESE. Newly elected Australia's Labor party leader Anthony Albanese speaks at press conference in Sydney on May 27, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Otso Diretso ran 'defensive' campaign in 2019 – Walden Bello

May 25, 2019 - 9:23 PM

The ex-Akbayan congressman stresses the importance of defending democratic values, but the opposition also needs to come up with new strategies that go beyond 'old responses' to society's problems

BELLO ON 2019 POLLS. Former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello assesses the performance of the opposition and party-list groups in the 2019 elections. Screenshot from Rappler video

Gender diversity good for businesses and economies – U.N.

May 23, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The survey says nearly three-quarters of companies that tracked gender diversity in their management reported profit hikes of between 5% and 20%

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Australia's conservatives secure majority government – media

May 20, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Australian broadcaster ABC says Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal-National coalition will hold at least 77 seats in the 151-member lower house, one more than needed to govern on its own

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Ka Leody wants to suspend canvassing of votes

May 18, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Leody de Guzman also questions the 'undue haste' in the proclamation of Senate and party-list winners

PROTEST. Leody de Guzman and Erin Tañada march towards PICC, Comelec official canvassing headquarters to protest against election anomalies on May 17, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ka Leody, 2 other Labor Win bets concede from Senate race

May 14, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Ka Leody de Guzman says the fight for the Senate race may now be over, but the fight for democracy still remains

CONCEDE. Labor Win candidate Ka Leody de Guzman, along with Allan Montaño and Sonny Matula, have conceded from the Senate race. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Opposition bets urge voters to choose an independent Senate

May 11, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Opposition bet Neri Colmenares says: 'Kapag lumabas ang ating balwarte, ang simbahan, ang manggagawa at ang kabataan, tiyak, ang independent at progressive candidates ay magtatagumpay sa Halalan 2019'

OPPOSITION. Otso Diretso senatorial candidates took turns speaking at the Miting de Avance ng Taumbayan held at the People Power Monument on May 10, 2019. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] 2019 elections: The jolt we all need

May 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Perhaps we need to realize that we are no longer in the realm of politics as usual and take seriously the task of forging an effective mass political movement to head off the Final Solution

[OPINION] The labor vote is weak

May 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Labor Win banks on the support of the workers, but they may not deliver

PROCLAMATION RALLY. Labor Win coalition, composed of (L-R) Allan Montano, Neri Colmenares, Sonny Matula, Ernesto Arellano, and Leody De Guzman, officially kickstarts their senatorial campaign on February 19, 2019. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Positions on conservative issues set opposition bets apart

May 03, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) Members of the same coalition part ways on divorce, same-sex marriage, and death penalty

DIFFERENT STANDS. Candidates of Otso Diretso and Labor Win part ways when it comes to conservative issues.

DOLE launches Expanded Maternity Leave Act IRR

May 02, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Working mothers are guaranteed 105 days of paid maternity leave, regardless of the mode of delivery, civil status, legitimacy of the child, and employment status

PAID LEAVE. Female workers in both the public and private sector as well as the informal economy are guaranteed 3 months of paid leave. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

On Labor Day, rival groups ask voters to elect senators who 'truly' represent workers

May 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Labor groups with varying political ideologies gather to express support for pro-worker senatorial candidates – a show of unity that they describe as 'historic'

LABOR DAY. Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno march to Mendiola, Manila as part of their Labor Day activity on May 1, 2019. Phoyo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

On Labor Day, 6 Filipino workers share what they love about their jobs

May 01, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Rappler asks workers what they find special about their jobs

IN PHOTOS: Protests on Labor Day 2019

May 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Thousands of workers march on Labor Day, calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to listen to their pleas and fulfill his campaign promise

A protester in a Spiderman suit holds a poster during the Labor Day protest in Mendiola, Manila on May 1, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Militant groups demand pay hike, crackdown on illegal Chinese workers on Labor Day

May 01, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Protesters in Bacolod City burn the effigy of President Duterte depicted as Sauron, the dark lord in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy

LABOR DAY PROTEST. Militant groups in Negros Occidental join the nationwide Labor Day protests on May 1, 2019. Photo by by Marchel Espina/Rappler

To Senate halls from the streets: Will the labor vote prevail in the midterm elections?

May 01, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Organizing Filipino workers into unions is not an easy task, and neither is consolidating the labor vote

On Labor Day, Duterte tells Congress to pass security of tenure bills

May 01, 2019 - 10:13 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Congress to pass measures that 'fully protect our workers' rights, especially to security of tenure and self-organization'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after witnessing the exchange of business agreements between Filipino and Chinese investors at the Grand Hyatt Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] This subclass human existence of our workers

May 01, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'Protests are significant today to fight not for special conditions, but to fight for humane situations; not to complain, but to assert rights and to end this subclass human existence of our workers'

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Group endorses Labor Win, 4 Otso Diretso bets to champion workers' rights

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'Nagsasawa na po tayo sa puro pangako.... Kailangan meron tayong panghawakan sa mga tumatakbong kandidato sa pagsusulong ng interes ng uring manggagawa,' says Defend Job Philippines spokesperson Christian Magsoy

LABOR PICKS. Labor group Defend Job Philippines endorses Ernesto Arellano, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Neri Colminares, Leody De Guzman, Sonny Matula , Allan Montaño, Florin Hilbay, Erin Tanada and Kabataan Partylist for their #LaborVote2019 campaign. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Campaign Convos: The problem of the Opposition

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Aside from lack of funds and low ranking in pre-election surveys, the opposition also has to deal with problems rooted in the political and ideological differences of its candidates

Labor bets to gov't workers: We will restore right to negotiate, strike

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The Kapisanan ng Manggagawa sa Government Financial Institutions (KAMAGFI) asks for the right to negotiate salaries and benefits

LABOR WIN. Labor senatorial candidates (L-R) Sonny Matula, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano speak before government union groups in Tagaytay, Cavite on April 25, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Workers not allowed to evacuate during earthquake 'can file complaints'

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says employers who did not observe safety precautions may face administrative penalties, but the government first needs information to act on

WORKERS' SAFETY. Several reports from workers in call centers and BPO firms say employers failed to observe safety precautions during the strong earthquake that hit Luzon April 22, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Amend labor code to end endo, labor candidates pitch to voters

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:08 PM

For starters, labor lawyer Allan Montaño says there is a big difference to changing the word ‘or’ to ‘and’ in the labor code definition of a contractor and sub-contractor

LABOR WIN. Labor candidates (L-R) Neri Colmenares, Ka Leody De Guzman, Allan Montaño and Ernesto Arellano pitch their labor code amendments to end contractualization during a forum on April 15, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Philippine gov't imposes total deployment ban to Tripoli anew

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The Philippine government imposes a total deployment ban to the Libyan capital, as the crisis alert in the war-riven country reaches Level 3

Women's unpaid work worth trillions of pesos – PIDS study

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:57 PM

The monetary value of the time women spend on housework can make up about 20% of the country's gross domestic product, PIDS senior research fellow Michael Abrigo says

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