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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

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

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

Coca Cola FEMSA workers: 'Union busting real reason for lay-off'

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Alfredo Marañon, national leader for Federation and Cooperation of Cola, Beverage, and Allied Industry Unions, says that the reason for the lay-off was not discussed properly with union leaders

RETRENCHED. Worker of Coca-Cola Philippines held a press conference on the retrenchment of about 600 employees due to a "change" in business model. Photo courtesy of SENTRO

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

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Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

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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

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

Nationwide inspection set for DOLE high heels order

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Department Order 178 stops companies from requiring their employees to wear high heels at work

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

DOLE: Employers can't force women to wear high heels at work

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Department of Labor and Employment also requires all business establishments to provide sitting breaks for both male and female workers

NO HIGH HEELS. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III signs an order preventing employers to require female workers to wear high heels at work. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Stop requiring women to wear high heels at work – labor union

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:57 PM

Unions urge the labor department to impose this on employers citing studies that have linked wearing high heels to postural problems injury and bunion formation

NO HIGH HEELS. A labor union is urging the Philippine labor department to ban employers from requiring their female workers to wear high heels at work. Photo from Wikipedia

Tesla fending off worker complaints on pay, safety

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:16 AM

As mass market Tesla Model 3 picks up steam the company s labor force attempts to unionize

LABOR MOVEMENT. Elon Musk faces a labor force that's planning to unionize as their mass-market Model 3 picks up steam. Photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP


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

Labor groups protest 'one failed year' under Duterte

Jun 30, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Labor groups hold a protest rally in Quezon City and raise 6 promises that President Rodrigo Duterte has made to workers but has yet to fulfill

FAILURE. Various of labor groups hold a protest rally on the government's failure to address the needs of workers as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his first year in office on Friday, June 30. Photo by Darren Langit

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

You know labor unions, but do you know Isabelo de los Reyes?

May 01, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The writer labor activist Aglipayan church founder and politician from Vigan Ilocos Sur started the tradition of honoring the workers every May 1

Isabelo delos Reyes

Labor groups urge Duterte to certify anti-contractualization bill as urgent

Jan 04, 2017 - 4:19 PM

They say the department order submitted to the President won t fix the Labor Code provisions that legalize subcontracting through placement agencies

ENDO. Workers belonging to the Nagkaisa Coalition march to Mendiola in Manila on January 4, 2016 calling on the government to end the practice of contractualization in the labor sector. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

South Korean auto, shipbuilding workers to go on strike

Jul 18, 2016 - 11:05 PM

Employees at Hyundai Motor and Hyundai Heavy Industries will walk off the job this week

epa04911972 Unionized workers march at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., the country's leading shipbuilder, in the southeastern city of Ulsan, South Korea, 04 September 2015, after launching a partial strike to demand higher wages, better working conditions and other benefits. The workers put down their tools at eight in the morning, and the walkout lasted until noon. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Tear gas, scuffles mar latest Paris anti-labor reforms protest

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:50 AM

UPDATED Police arrest 38 people as workers hold their 11th demonstration against proposed labor reforms

epa05396453 Protesters of the French workers unions participate in a national demonstration against the Labor Law reform in Paris, France, 28 June 2016. Labor unions demonstrate during a national protest across France against employment law reforms in the so-called El Khomri bill. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Eyeing DOLE, Bongbong Marcos woos labor unions

May 01, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr who says he will focus on workers rights if elected vice president vows to end contractualization

Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Scandal-hit Volkswagen also faces US union battle

Apr 26, 2016 - 2:20 PM

The carmaker will challenge a ruling that would allow the United Auto Workers union to negotiate a labor contract for 160 maintenance workers

epa04942153 (FILE) A file photo dated 21 February 2012 shows an exterior view of the Volkswagen automobile assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Volkswagen's shares plunged on 21 September 2015 after US environmental protection authorities threatened to impose fines of up to 18 billion dollars on the carmaker, following its admission of systematically cheating US air pollution tests. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Australian PM threatens early polls over labor union legislation

Mar 21, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull threatens to hold early general elections if parliament fails to end a deadlock over legislation on unions

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, March 21, 2016. Adrian Muscat/EPA

Duterte to labor unions: I meant unions that kill business

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The presidential bet says he would only crack down on labor unions that abuse their right to self organize and create an environment where businesses cannot flourish

DUTERTE ON LABOR UNIONS. Duterte says abusive labor unions are bad for business. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

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.

SONA 2015: Fewer labor strikes under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:49 PM

A labor group attributes the lower number of strikes to aggressive union busting

PROTEST. Labor groups protest in front of the labor department during the Global Day of Action for the Right to Strike, February 18 2015. Photo from Kilusang Mayo Uno

SONA 2015: The state of Philippine labor under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Were laborers among President Benigno Aquino III s bosses?

Photo by Faye Sales/ Rappler

Labor group pushes for P92 wage increase in Central Visayas

Jul 22, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The proposed wage hike is too high says the head of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Let us not kill each other Let us survive together

Rappler file photo by Roy Lagarde

How the viral petition to save Mary Jane Veloso reached Jokowi

Apr 30, 2015 - 4:44 PM

The SaveMaryJane campaign proves that even in the darkest of hours it is worth holding on to the tiniest inch of hope because a fight to save a person’s life is always a battle worth fighting for

PTV-4 union officers sacked over SONA rally

Dec 19, 2014 - 8:00 AM

PTEA president Angelina Arguellas describes this period in PTV 4 as rock bottom for labor rights in her 17 years of work with the network

RALLY. PTV-4 employees join a mass demonstration on July 28 to air grievances. All photos courtesy of PTEA

Gov’t upholds removal of ‘redundant’ Digitel employees

Aug 27, 2014 - 11:45 AM

PLDT hopes the NLRC resolution will put to rest its dispute with the Digitel labor union

Alexis Valdez on the 5th day of his hunger strike

The Delano Manongs: America's forgotten labor heroes

May 02, 2014 - 10:51 PM

In the farm labor movement in America a crucial cast of characters lies in history’s shadows: the Filipino farmworkers the manongs who worked on vineyards in Delano California

Workers find ways: The farm worker

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:45 AM

Farm worker wins lawsuit against hacienda boss in Negros

UPHIL BATTLE. Jolu shares experiences in asserting his rights as sugar farm worker in Negros. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler

Workers find ways: The coop worker

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:45 AM

Young cooperative worker in Negros reflects on her father s murder after a successful and profitable land reform process

THREATS AND SUCCESS. Cherry Pie reflects on her father's murder. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler

Workers find ways: The ship builder

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:30 AM

A ship builder speaks out on workplace safety

SAFETY. Marste speaks out about safety in the workplace. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler

Workers find ways: The factory technician

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Factory technician slams Coke s performance rating system as a union busting scheme

June of Federation of Coca Cola Unions

Workers find ways: The domestic helper

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Domestic worker takes Hong Kong employment agency to court

Jasmine of the Progressive Labor Union

Workers find ways: The volunteer nurse

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Volunteer nurses pay hospitals to work

PAY TO WORK. Erik says volunteer nurses like him pay hospitals to work. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler

Workers find ways: The agency worker

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:00 AM

Agency worker helps form the first union in an industrial estate in Cebu

A FIRST. Eddie helps form the first union in a Cebu industrial estate. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler