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Labor leader slams gov’t for ‘favoring’ capitalists over workers

By: - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ
/ 11:33 AM May 01, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — A labor leader  on Wednesday slammed  the administration and the Senate for giving priority to “capitalists” rather than the labor sector.

According to Bukluran ng  Mangagawang Pilipino head Leody de Guzman said that instead of solving the concerns of laborers, the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is favoring the rich.

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De Guzman cited Executive Order 51 which tackles issues on contractualization and specifically prohibitis illegal contracting and subcontracting of workers.

 

Read more: Duterte signs EO vs illegal contracting

 

According to De Guzman, the signing of the said executive order was the last blow of punishment inflicted by the administration on workers.

”Si Duterte mismo ang naglagay, nag pukpok ng huling pako para parusahan ang mga manggagawa. Ginawang legal ang contractualization sa pamamagitan ng executive order,” De Guzman said.

“Yun ang huling pako na minartilyo sa harapan ng mga manggagawa para ang manggagawa ay iaalay sa altar ng ganid na kapitalista,” he added.

De Guzman also slammed senators, saying that laws crafted by government for the labor groups only made their lives miserable due to the negative effects of the laws.

He added that some senators are capitalists themselves.

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“Ang ating Senado, karamihan sa kanila ay puro kinatawan ng kapitalista. Lahat ng batas na kanilang ginawa ay pabor sa mga kapitalista, haciendero, dito sa ating bansa. Walang batas para sa mga manggagawa,” De Guzman said.

“Maliban sa papuri tuwing Mayo Uno, wala na. Ang ginawa nilang batas tungkol sa sahod, itali ang mga manggagawa sa isang taon walang increase, yun ang batas na ginawa ng ating senado. Isang taon, hindi pwedeng mag incrase ang sahod ng ating manggagawa pero pinayagan ang mga kapitalista na araw-araw, linggo-linggo, buwan-buwan, na itaas ang mga bilihin,” he said.

With this, De Guzman urged the public to vote for Labor Win in the coming election in order to have a proper debate at the Senate on issues affecting workers.

“Manggagawa, ito po ang ating pagkakataon sapagkat sa eleksyon na to, sa darating na Mayo trese, hindi nalang tayo mamimili sa mga kandidatong wala namang pagpipilian. Ngayon, meron na sapagkat merong Labor Win na magiging alternatibong kanditato para baguhin ang komposisyon ng senado,” he said.

“Pinapangako namin sa inyo, pagka nakalusot ang limang kandidato ng mga mangagawa, magaganap ang totoong debate doon sa loob ng Senado, debate sa pagitan ng mangaggawa at mga kinatawan ng kapitalista,” De Guzman added.

De Guzman is part of the five senatorial candidates of Labor Win in the coming May polls.

Other candidates include Former Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares, Federation of Free Workers president Sonny Matula, labor lawyer Allan Montaño, and Kilusang Mayo Uno founder Ernesto Arellano. /muf

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