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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

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

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

[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

Employees laid off from CNN Philippines

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Dozens of employees of the news network were told that they were employed only until February 10

LAYOFF. Employees are given a 'notice of rightsizing' on January 11 telling them their employment with the company will remain effective until February 10.

Rise in jobseekers, dip in vacancies– PSA

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment is on occupational shortages and surpluses and covers 12,926 establishments

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

More than half of PH businesses employ agency-hired workers – PSA

Jan 03, 2018 - 4:40 PM

54% of the estimated 31,277 establishments with at least 20 workers have employees hired through manning agencies, says the Philippine Statistics Authority

MINIMUM WAGE. The additional P21 minimum wage will be given starting October 5, 2017. File photo by AFP

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

Labor inspections suspended during Christmas season – DOLE

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:16 PM

This is to prevent labor inspectors from receiving bribes from business establishments, says the Department of Labor and Employment

SUSPENSION. DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod announces the suspension of labor inspection for the Christmas season. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

OFWs with visas issued before Nov 12 exempted from OEC moratorium

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment will grant the OEC applications of OFWs who have visas issued before November 12

POEA to fire guards, janitors in internal cleansing

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador Say says that guards and janitors have been used in irregular activities in the processing of overseas employment certificates

CORRUPTION? The Department of Labor and Employment is investigating illegal activities inside the POEA. Photo from POEA Facebook Page

Cavite workers seek gov’t intervention on temporary factory shutdown

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Labor unions claim this is a form of ‘union busting’ since companies do not have sufficient reason for shutdown

STRIKE. Workers from the Cavite Export Processing Zone slam the alleged scheme of factories to use temporary shutdowns. Photo from Partido Manggagawa

Philippine News Agency's story on labor dep't uses Dole pineapple logo

Aug 11, 2017 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED In its latest mistake the beleaguered PNA uses the wrong logo in its story about the Department of Labor and Employment s pay rules for holidays

THE WRONG DOLE. This screenshot, taken at 9:35 pm, shows the logo of the Dole Food Company in a story about the Philippines' Department of Labor and Employment.

MMDA employees urge Danny Lim to end 'labor woes'

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:58 PM

A casualty of the non retention of workers is the traffic in the metropolis the workers say There are only 2 368 enforcers doing the job of 7 000

5 YEARS. The MMDA KKK union has been skipping lunch at least once a month to hold a rally in front of the MMDA headquarters. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Over 5,000 OFWs in Saudi repatriated as amnesty program ends

Jun 28, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Some 2 241 OFWs granted amnesty are still in Saudi Arabia waiting for their tickets

REPATRIATED. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mingles with the 160 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were granted amnesty after they were found working illegally in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia. File photo by Ace Morandante / Malacañang

OFWs, meet your new labor attachés

Apr 08, 2017 - 10:14 PM

At a seminar organized by the Blas F Ople Policy Center 8 new labor attachés present their credentials to the OFW community

Photo by Don Kevin Hapal/Rappler

Gov't, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Their campaign 1MBatangMalaya aims to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate child labor by 2025

1 MILLION FREE KIDS. The International Labor Organization, together with several national government agencies, vows to end child labor by 2025. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Unemployment in October lowest in 11 years

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:50 PM

The services sector still has the largest share in the employed population making up 27 9

DROPS. PSA reveals that the country's employment rate climbed to 95.3% in October this year, from 94.4% recorded in the same month last year. Rappler file photo

Will vetoed bill drive more PH nurses abroad?

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the proposed increase in the pay of entry level nurses will have dire financial consequences on public and private health institutions but a nurses group dismisses this as speculative

PH NURSES. In this file photo, new Filipino nurses during an oathtaking ceremony in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2010. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

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

Binay promises to create 12M jobs by 2022

May 01, 2016 - 11:49 AM

The United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer said that two million jobs would become available for Filipinos every year between 2016 and 2022

In this file photo, Vice President Jejomar Binay speaks to the crowd during a campaign rally in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Hensell Hebaya/Rappler

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’s slip of the tongue reveals anti-labor, fascist thug

Feb 12, 2016 - 11:09 AM

We will not allow Duterte to hide behind his favorite alibi of hyperbole He had the gall to utter a not so thinly veiled threat to unionism

Santiago urges creation of body to monitor documented OFWs

Dec 19, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago makes the call following reports that overseas Filipino worker Thelma Gawidan was starved and forced to work without pay in Singapore

Human trafficking 101: What trafficking is all about

Dec 12, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Human trafficking is considered one of the most profitable organized crimes in the world as it generates almost 32 billion each year

VICTIM. Trafficked persons are usually forced to engage in prostitution, illegal labor, begging, pornography, sex tourism, organ sale, and other jobs where they are exploited and taken advantage of.

'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

Nat'l labor party seeks accreditation, bets woo it for support

Sep 01, 2015 - 3:06 PM

The Labor Party of the Philippines plans to endorse and field national and local candidates for the 2016 polls once it is accredited

WORKER. A Filipino fish port worker carries a tuna before weighing it at the Fish Port in General Santos City, southern Philippines, on June 17, 2015. Photo by Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Filipina workers flee after being forced to work in China

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The Filipinas knew it was illegal for foreign helpers to work in China so they decide to run away when they were taken to Hong Kong to re apply for tourist visas to the mainland

PH deployment of domestic workers abroad down by 20%

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:56 PM

From January to May this year the Philippines deploys 55 961 domestic workers lower than the 70 034 in the same months in 2014

Malaysia-bound trafficking victims pose as PH missionaries

Jun 15, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The two victims who were rescued at the Cebu airport say Malaysian national Panisilyam Santiago promised them legal documents upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur

OFW in Abu Dhabi to appeal death sentence

Jun 10, 2015 - 6:48 PM

We pray that Dalquez will be saved from the death penalty and we pin our hopes too on the steadfast assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

Stranded Filipino seafarers in New South Wales now safe

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is told to notify Araw Manning Agency which deployed the seafarers

30 OFWs in Dubai duped with offers of better jobs – DOLE

Mar 26, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The Philippine agencies that recruited them may face criminal charges

PH corners 14% of new foreign workers in S. Korea factories

Mar 25, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Although there is an overall decrease in the number of new migrant workers South Korea allowed in the manufacturing industry the Philippine share grows

Study: At least 1 in 5 PH households tolerates child labor

Jan 28, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Worse child labor especially in plantations and mines provides no means by which the children and their families may escape the vicious cycle of generational poverty the study says

More formal sector jobs boost labor rights – DOLE

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:53 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz also acknowledges the need to protect the self employed and unpaid family workers who comprise the 39 of the country s employed

PH, US intensify post-Haiyan anti-trafficking effort

Oct 21, 2014 - 8:33 AM

A US funded two year anti trafficking program is lauded by Filipino government officials and is seen as a crucial part of the US efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties with the Philippines

Give ‘calamity incentives’ to workers – DOLE

Jul 17, 2014 - 9:03 AM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz says employers should provide free transportation food and personal protective gear to employees who report for work during times of calamity

THE BRAVE. Commuters brave Typhoon Glenda as they wait  along EDSA for public transportation to bring them to work on July 16, 2014. Photo by Josh Albelda

New 'Cesar Chavez' film omits Filipino farm leaders from story

Apr 08, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Filipino American National Historical Society FANHS criticizes the omission of Fil Am contributions to the farm labor movement

PH unemployment rate drops

Dec 10, 2013 - 6:03 PM

NEDA says the decline was due to robust hiring in the industry and services sectors

MORE JOBS. A sea of applicants submit their resumes in the hopes of getting hired. Photo by AFP

ADB oks $12.7-M tourism grants for PH

Mar 07, 2013 - 6:25 PM

The Canadian government funds the financial aid meant to boost jobs for youth in the tourism sector

TOURISM GRANTS. The Asian Development Bank has approved two technical assistance grants to help improve the Philippine's tourism industry. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike. 3.0 © Eugene Alvin Villar, 2007

PAL may drop criminal charges vs labor union

Sep 24, 2012 - 6:55 PM

The new management of the Philippines oldest air carrier is sending out positive feelers that may be a sign it will be more receptive to resolving a long running inherited labor dispute