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Labor groups slam House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Congressman Bonito Singson's bill is a 'cheap trick' to deprive workers of their rights, say Defend Job Philippines, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

BILL OPPOSED. Labor groups reject a bill proposing to extend the 6-month probationary period for workers to 2 years. Photo from Defend Job Philippines Facebook

TUCP fears job losses under Citira bill

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urges government agencies to put in place a 'genuine transition program' for displaced workers before Citira's implementation – not after

JOB LOSS? Citing estimates by business groups, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says some 700,000 workers may lose their jobs with the passage of the Citira bill. File photos by 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

TUCP asks Duterte to consider workers affected by crackdown on PCSO games

Jul 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines appeals to President Rodrigo Duterte to institute reforms in the agency as soon as possible to avoid compromising workers' livelihoods

SHUT DOWN. Members of the Philippine National Police, including NCR top cop Guillermo Eleazar (right most) immediately close PCSO establishments following President Duterte's order. NCRPO photo

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

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

It’s ‘abuse’ to prevent workers’ evacuation during earthquake – labor group

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:20 PM

TUCP says it received complaints from call center workers who were not allowed to evacuate and were told to continue working after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Luzon on Monday

EVACUATE. Shoppers seen rushing outside as they evacuate the Robinson Place Manila mall following an earthquake that hit Luzon on April 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

TUCP warns employers vs hiring less women over maternity leave law

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:53 AM

The labor group urges the government to keep a close watch over businesses after a survey showed that a majority of employers may be inclined not to hire women due to the Expanded Maternity Leave Law

DISCRIMINATORY? The initial results of a survey among employers' group showed their hiring practices may be affected with the expanded maternity leave law. Photo from Shutterstock

Labor groups thank Henry Sy Sr as 'biggest job provider'

Jan 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

(UPDATED) 'We also recognize as part of his lasting legacy for workers and their families his last-minute efforts to commit to voluntarily regularize and directly hire thousands of SM employees into SM over a period of time,' a labor group says

JOBS. SM Supermalls have regularized more than 11,000 workers in 2018. Rappler file

Labor groups enraged as Duterte sacks Leftist Usec Joel Maglunsod

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod without explaining why, but mentions the rising number of workers' strikes in the country

MAY DAY. Trade union leaders along with workers from different labor groups and federations march near Malacanang to protest on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Labor group to Duterte: Hike wages amid shrinking purchasing power

Jul 14, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Average minimum wage in the non-agricultural sector across all regions amount to P330.47 daily in April, but the actual purchasing power of Filipinos is only P208.38, says ALU-TUCP

HIGHER PRICES. Basic goods has seen a spike in prices at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on June 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Labor group accuses Calida firm of nonpayment of SSS premiums

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:30 PM

(UPDATED) Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida's family, says the allegations made by ALU-TUCP are 'utterly false'

NON-PAYMENT. Labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has not been paying its employee's Social Security System remittances for years.

Hontiveros hits 'reckless' Duterte appeal for OFWs to leave Kuwait

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'President Duterte is promising our OFWs jobs back in our country when he can't even sign an executive order to address labor contractualization and protect the workers' security of tenure,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

A handout photo released on February 20, 2018 by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Kuwait Times, shows Filipino workers trying to get amnesty waiting outside the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City.  Philippine President earlier this month announced a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait, after the murder there of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis. / AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KUWAIT TIMES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Labor groups light candles to call for better working conditions ahead of May 1

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:43 PM

ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay urges Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to work harder to ensure safer and healthier workplaces for Filipino laborers

REMEMBERING. Union workers light candles to remember their colleagues who died or got injured due to work accidents. Photo from Alan Tanjusay's Facebook page

Palace sides with Bello: No EO vs contractrualization, up to Congress to pass law

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Amid talks of an executive order against contractualization, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III changes his tune and passes the buck to Congress to pass a law instead

NO EO. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says there will no longer be an executive order against contractualization. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Will Duterte sign EO vs contractualization on April 16?

Apr 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

After being postponed twice this year, will the executive order against contractualization finally get President Rodrigo Duterte's approval?

NO TO 'ENDO.' President Rodrigo Duterte promises labor groups that he will sign an executive order stopping end of contract scheme. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Labor union eyes wage hike petition amid TRAIN effects on prices

Jan 04, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says it would seek a nationwide wage increase if the tax reform law triggers 'exorbitant' inflation

INFLATION. A labor union is eyeing to file a petition for a nationwide wage increase should prices of goods become 'exorbitant' because of the tax reform initiative. File photo

Labor unions slam DOLE over Davao mall fire deaths

Dec 26, 2017 - 1:35 PM

The Davao mall fire deaths stem from a failure to enforce labor laws that promote safe workplaces, a labor coalition says

GRIEF. A woman breaks into tears as she hears the news that one of her family members is feared dead in a Davao City mall fire on Saturday, December 23. File photo by Barry Ohaylan

Gov’t urged to shield poor from higher costs due to tax reform law

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says 15.6 million informal workers will be affected by the newly-signed Train law

62% of 2017 endo targets completed – DOLE

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:21 PM

There are an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees nationwide

ANTI-ENDO. There is an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees in the Philippines. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

SSS asked to stop contribution hike amid stock trading controversy

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:52 PM

'The SSS must first clean its house and implement internal reforms before any additional burden is imposed on more than 32 million workers who are its members and beneficiaries,' says Partido Manggagawa

SSS. Retirees file for their pension inside the Social Security System. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

SSS urged to suspend officials involved in stock trading controversy

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:21 PM

SSS Commissioner Jose Gabriel La Viña accuses 4 top-level officials of earning by trading stocks using stockbrokers who manage the agency's pension fund

CONTROVERSY. Four executives of the Social Security System are accused of earning by trading stocks using stockbrokers who manage the agency’s pension fund. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

P21 minimum wage increase granted to Metro Manila workers

Sep 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

From P491 minimum wage earners in Metro Manila will now earn P512 starting October

P21 INCREASE. The Metro Manila wage board has granted a P21 increase in the minimum wage of workers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Labor union to wage board, employers: Try living on P357 a day

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The P491 minimum wage in Metro Manila has a real value of only P357 based on National Wages and Productivity Commission data

JOBS. Unemployed Filipinos in a job fair. Rappler file photo

Duterte admin's tax reform package a 'big mistake' – labor coalition

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:15 PM

ALU TUCP says the tax reform package just passed by the House is not uplifting because those who are already poor workers would become even poorer

UNEMPLOYMENT. Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roxas vows no 'endo,' government that listens

May 01, 2016 - 9:05 PM

The Liberal Party standard bearer clarifies however that ending contractual work depends on the particular sector

Photo courtesy of Roxas media bureau

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

TUCP founder Democrito Mendoza dies

Jan 13, 2016 - 12:37 AM

UPDATED Mendoza is known as one of the founding pillars of the labor movement in the Philippines

LABOR LEADER. Lawyer Democrito Mendoza dedicated 70 years of his life to fight for the rights of laborers in the Philippines. Image from Facebook.

'Labor titan,' former senator Ernesto Herrera dies

Oct 29, 2015 - 9:12 PM

Ernesto Boy Herrera principal author of the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 was deeply involved in the labor movement even after he left government

LABOR LEADER. Former senator Ernesto "Boy" Herrera passes away at 83. File screenshot of Global News Network

Controversial bets, Duterte waiting game cap off COC filing week

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The Senate race gets more crowded and interesting with lots of familiar faces new names and returning bets locking in their candidacies

SENATORIAL BETS. Controversial bets  Getulio Napeñas – the dismissed chief of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force  – and former military general Jovito Palparan will run for senator in the 2016 elections. Rappler photos

Britain's Labour must reconnect with public – unions

Sep 13, 2015 - 11:58 PM

Several unions in the TUC are affiliated with the Labour Party which was born out of the trade union movement

NEW LABOUR LEADER. Jeremy Corbyn listens as he is announced as the new leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, in London on September 12, 2015. Ben Stansall/AFP

Tripartite inspection of power plant shutdowns sought

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:13 PM

A trade unionist stresses the importance of stable power supply and low power rates in attracting foreign investors and ensuring the competitiveness of local businesses

PH Labor Day: A history of struggle

May 01, 2015 - 8:32 PM

The first recorded Labor Day in the Philippines takes place on May 1, 1913

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.

Gov't urged: Develop foreign labor markets for nurses

May 29, 2014 - 4:54 PM

Every year the country sends an average of 12 000 nurses abroad

Singapore union group sacks executive after racist post

Oct 08, 2012 - 3:53 PM

Singapore s state linked labour movement on Monday October 8 sacked a senior executive after she posted expletive laden and racially charged comments on Facebook that caused outrage in the city state