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House approves security of tenure bill on 3rd reading

Jan 29, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Should it be passed into law, the measure would ban hiring workers for limited periods of time, or what is known as 'fixed-term' labor contracts

SECURITY OF TENURE. The House of Representatives passes the security of tenure bill on 3rd reading. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Thailand backtracks on labor law after migrant workers flee

Jul 01, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The scramble is the latest chaos triggered by Thailand s efforts to regulate the millions of foreign workers who prop up its economy with jobs in factories fishing boats and other low paid work

DOLE gets P15M to hire more labor inspectors, boost anti-endo drive

Jun 24, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The additional fund will allow DOLE to hire 36 labor law compliance officers

ENDO. Workers group under the Nagkaisa coalition march to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, to call for an End of Contractualization (ENDO). Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Paris luxury hotel must pay after guest molested cleaner

Sep 30, 2016 - 10:52 PM

The cleaner a Guinean national is fired in 2011 for refusing to transfer to another hotel after reportedly attempting suicide and taking sick leave on several occasions for post traumatic stress

Hazards in labor contracting: What about the PH tuna industry?

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:24 PM

The Department of Labor order covering handline fishing is without teeth absent sweeping inspections across the tuna industry

TUNA. A man carries a freshly caught fish that weighs 30 to 40 kilograms. Photo by Buena Bernal

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

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May 26, 2016 - 1:07 PM

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Can the next president end contractualization?

May 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

All 5 presidential candidates have vowed to end contractualization if they win A deeper study of the issue however suggests that workers and labor unions cannot rejoice just yet

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Dec 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

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DOLE to employers: Give 13th month pay by Dec 24

Dec 01, 2015 - 3:23 PM

Gov t also sets a moratorium on the implementation of the Labor Laws Compliance System in NCR

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. The labor department reminds workers of their right to their 13th month pay. File photo by AFP

Duterte on contractualization: Not for a country like PH

Nov 28, 2015 - 6:00 PM

If those who have money won t accept this then you campaign against me says Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

NO TO CONTRACTUALIZATION. Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte plans to abolish labor contractualization should he be elected  as president. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Batas Kasambahay: A law exploited

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Even with the protection of Batas Kasambahay a lot of domestic workers are still underpaid overworked and deprived of benefits provided under the law

Rosie washes a rug. She used to work as a domestic helper for an old man who suffered from a stroke in 2008, but was hired by the old man's niece when he died.

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 has no mandate on mine safety – Baldoz

Jul 21, 2015 - 7:18 PM

In the aftermath of the Semirara mining accident labor officials say that mine safety and sanitation are under the mandate of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Department of Energy

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

ILO gives PH $1M grant to improve labor laws compliance

Dec 28, 2014 - 5:18 PM

This is a welcome gift to the Philippines and will boost the implementation of the DOLE’s new labor laws compliance system says Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma

JOBS FAIR. Applicants find jobs that match their skills. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

A labor attaché's desperate act

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:09 AM

It boggles the mind why having found out about the agency’s true ownership Roldan did not do more than suspend its operations

UAE rejects HRW report on abuse of foreign maids

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM

The report drew hasty conclusions based on unrepresentative cases a UAE official says

Filipino victims of abuse in UAE back in PH to help OFWs

Oct 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM

They vow to warn would be OFWs of the dangers of not fighting for one s rights

Philippines fails to implement pro-OFW law – watchdog

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:25 PM

OFWs who have been abused in the UAE slam the Philippine government for slow progress of labor cases and laxity in monitoring proper implementation of labor contracts

Migrant domestic workers in UAE treated like 'animals'

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status says Human Rights Watch

Sharon Stone, Pinay nanny settle lawsuit

Jun 09, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Sharon Stone reaches a settlement with her former Filipino nanny who had accused her of violating labor laws

SETTLEMENT. Actress Sharon Stone's lawsuit with Filipino nanny reaches a settlement

Saudi govt adopts tougher measures vs working visa violators

Sep 11, 2012 - 2:15 PM

The new measure is aimed against those who employ visa violators let their employees work on their own or use the workers of other sponsors