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Media members affiliated with government TV stations join Sona 2012 protesters



MEDIA PROTEST. The National Alliance of Broadcast Unions Federation joined militant groups in a protest as they call for the full privatization of government television networks IBC 13 and RPN-9 near Batasang Pambansa, Monday, hours before President Aquino delivers his third Sona. Photo by Noy Morcoso, INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Members of government media networks join the ralliers on the day of President Benigno Aquino’s third State of the Nation Address early Monday.

The National Alliance of Broadcast Unions (Nabu) joined militant groups in an early protest near Batasang Pambansa, calling for the full privatization of government-owned television networks IBC 13 and RPN 9.

“We are asking His Excellency President Noynoy Aquino to help facilitate immediately the full privatization of IBC 13 and RPN 9, at the same time involving the unions and workers in the privatization process, and ensuring their rights and claims under their corresponding collective bargaining agreement,” said Nabu president Hilario Simacon.

The group is also asking the President to help facilitate the budget release for the government television station NBN 4 and for release of workers’ benefits.

Limacon said they were in support of the filing for notice of strike at National Conciliation and Mediation Board of the Department of Labor and Employment by RPN 9.

Two labor unions of RPN 9 filed its third notice of strike Friday for “unfair labor practices consisting of the company’s impending closure, constructive dismissal, union busting, gross violation of the CBA and unpaid benefits.”

The unions filed previously on February 21 and July 15.

“An estimated P100 million of accumulated CBA unpaid benefits remains unpaid to the current RPN employees. Another estimated P300 milliom of separation pay have yet to be paid to the already retired/resigned RPN 9 employees, many of whom afflicted with ailments that entails medical expenses and some had since died,” said Ramon Tomale, President of RPN Directors/Supervisors Union.

At the start of the Aquino administration in 2010, Malacañang had announced the privatization of IBC 13 and RNP 9, a process that would have to be finished in 2012.

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Tags: IBC 13 , Media , Nabu , National Alliance of Broadcast Unions , NBN 4 , President Benigno Aquino III , RPN 9 , SONA 2012

  • Fulpol

    bawasan na laang ang budget sa CCT at ibigay na ang dapat na compensation sa kanila..

    kawawang empleyado ng gobyerno na walang leverage dahil hindi sila indispensable..

    • Ramil Abalon

      ha ha ha galing ni fulpol …bagay 

  • patriotic_act

    they can protest if they want, its their right anyways.. the constitution stipulates it thus the society acknowledge it..

    but what we cannot and will not acknowledge is they way protesters violate the limits of “demonstration space” that is also stipulated in their demonstration permit.. its like using the law to break the law.

  • http://twitter.com/LokalBrownies vin reyes

    noong panahong hawak pa ng mga cronies ni mr. marcos ang channel 9 at 13..may ganyang problema na ba ang mga empleyado nila noon?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

      Wala, dahil walang kumpitisyon.  Kahit pa kapirangot sweldo walang reklamo kasi mas malala kung matanggal pa eh wala masyadong trabahong makukuha.  Kahit nga trapik wala dahil kokonti may sasakyan.  Sa Ayala maluwang ang kalsada, ngka trapik lang ng maupo si Cory siksikan sa bus noong mga late 80′s at early 90′s dahil dumami nagtatrabaho sa Makati bigla.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

    Isang tanong lang sa mga nagra-rally, ito rin yung tanong ko sa pinsan kong presidente ng unyon bago sila mag strike na tuluyang pumatay sa kumpanyang pinagkukunan nila ng ikabubuhay:  Kumikita ba naman yang kumpanyang yan o pilit lang binubuhay ng may-ari dahil s inyong umaasa sa kumpanya?

    Kung kumikita ang kumpanya, dapat lang na maka-share ang mga manggagawa s ginhawa, kung hindi kumikita walang pagkukunan.  Ang matalinong magsasaka kahit magutom hindi kakainin yung binhi para sa susunod na taniman.

  • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

    Sang-ayon kaya ang mga militante (Bayan Muna, etc,..) sa privatization?

    mag-kakaiba talaga tayo ng paniniwala… galangan na lang….

    • magiting78

      Tumpak kaibigan, hnd mo malaman itong mga militanteng ito kung against sa Privatization o hindi. Pag nag privitatize ng tanggap ng pamahalaan nag rarally sila, ngaun nmn gusto nila i-privitatize…wala na sala sa init sala sa lamig.

  • bbguevara

    Ang tagal na ng problema sa Channel 9 at 13. Why don’t these employees privatize themselves by looking for jobs in the private sector.

  • chip168

    Ang laki ng mga hinihingi niyong benepisyo kasi. 2 taon lang nagtrabaho sa stations tapos mahigit 1M ang benepisyo. Ayan itlog ang makukuha niyo. Kung di ba naman kayo nag-iisip.

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