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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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[OPINION] Contractualization and the rights of workers

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Let us boycott the products and services of companies that practice illegal forms of contractualization or exploit legal loopholes. This way, we send a clear message that they have no place in our society.

New law gives qualified Filipinos free access to technical-vocational education

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The 'Tulong-Trabaho Act' gives funding to select technical-vocational training programs and schools so that Filipinos who wish to expand their skill set may get free training and education

Gender parity at work only possible if men do more at home – U.N.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The UN's International Labor Organization says there were a number of factors blocking equality in employment – the biggest being the heavy caregiving burden borne by women

Philippine labor force participation dips in January 2019

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Some 387,000 Filipinos drop out of the country's labor force, but the employment rate slightly gets better in January 2019

[OPINION] Labor in the age of Duterte: The Pacific Plaza strike

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Whatever may be the conclusion of the strike, there is little doubt that the practice of contractualization, which has done so much damage to labor in this country, is facing a mortal challenge from its victims

Activists say Chinese police step up use of video 'confessions'

Mar 02, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Student labor activists post new allegations online against police saying they were summoned in the past week for 'meetings' at police stations in Beijing where they were threatened with expulsion and jail

CRACKDOWN. Chinese authorities tighten their grip on student labor activists. File photo by AFP

Labor Win bet turns on 'elite' Otso Diretso: Choose us instead

Feb 23, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Labor senatorial candidates say yes to the challenge of Otso Diretso for a debate – a dare that opposition candidates had extended particularly to Hugpong ng Pagbabago

LABOR BET. Leodegario '€œKa Leody' de Guzman of Partido Lakas ng Masa files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE to Hanjin: Return workers' money from training bond

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Workers are appealing that Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines return to all of them the salary deductions meant for training

PROTEST. Workers from Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corporation stage a protest outside the DOLE Central Luzon office in San Fernando, Pampanga while the tripartite dialogue is happening on February 19, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Labor Senate bets: We have 'real credentials' to push for pro-poor policies

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

'Walang tunay na makapagsalita para sa mga magaggawa maliban sa mga nagmumula sa mga manggagawa,' says Sonny Matula on the labor leaders' Senate bid

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. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Labor groups eye complaint vs Bello over deal with employers

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Nagkaisa and Kilusang Mayo Uno say it was 'wrong' for Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to grant the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines a 3-year labor inspection moratorium

SECURITY OF TENURE. Labor groups reiterate that the memorandum of agreement with employers' groups will not solve contractualization, but a law will. Photo from Nagkaisa Labor Coalition

DOLE: Employers group to 'regularize' 220,000 workers starting February

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Labor groups slam the National Voluntary Regularization Plan to be inked by DOLE and employers as a 'grand scheme' to foil the passage of the security of tenure bill

REGULARIZE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says Employment Confederation of the Philippines has committed to implement their 3-year regularization program starting February 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Out-of-school youth, undergrads shift to becoming full-time workers

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'I thought my life is going nowhere. Thanks to JobStart, I got hope,' says teenage father Stonelieh Constante of the DOLE's program in Bicol

LIFE CHANGER. 18-year-old Stonelieh Constante takes a photo at their site. He is now working as a hydraulic excavator. Photos courtesy of Stonelieh Constante

[ANALYSIS] Jobs, jobs, jobs: Where, where, where?

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Despite seeming successes, the Duterte administration has yet to deliver on the job creation front

PLDT workers lose P2-M labor case at Court of Appeals

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:56 PM

The appellate court rules that PLDT and the Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation did not engage in labor-only contracting

Duterte reappoints fired labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Left-leaning Joel Maglunsod is appointed executive director of National Maritime Polytechnic by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod prior to the start of the meeting with union leaders and officials of the Depatment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on February 27, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Colmenares, Roque back national minimum wage for Filipinos

Jan 27, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The senatorial bets argue that prices of basic goods may even be higher in the provinces compared to Metro Manila

HIGHER WAGES. Filipino labor groups have long been calling for a national minimum wage in the Philippines. Photo from the Makabayan bloc

Japanese firm launches new line of robotic parts in Subic Freeport

Jan 26, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The Subic-made products of Nidec-Shimpo Corporation will be exported to Spain, the United States, and Germany

SUBIC-MADE. Senator Richard Gordon and SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma and other guests, views precision products manufactured by Nidec-Shimpo during the opening of the company'€™s manufacturing plant at the Subic Freeport in Zambales on January 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of SBMA

Want to work from home? Write well or do the math

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Jobs focused on the creation of websites and content rose in 2018, according to the latest report of Freelancer.com