PNoy salutes workers; Labor groups stage protest

PNoy salutes workers; Labor groups stage protest

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino expressed his admiration for the Filipino workers in his Labor Day message, while different labor groups staged protests to call for an end to contractualization and an increase in minimum wage.

"Saludo ang ating sambayanan sa mga manggagawang Pilipinong nagpupunyagi para sa kanilang pamilya at pangarap. Idinaraos natin ang Araw ng Paggawa bilang pasasalamat sa alay ninyong husay, dangal, at lakas sa ating bayan," said Aquino.

The president also acknowledged the workers’ contribution to the economic gains of his administration: “Sa loob ng anim na taon nating paglalakbay sa Daang Matuwid, kinakitaan ng ating pamahalaan ang ating mga kababayan ng tunay na pakikiisa sa agenda ng pag-unlad.”

"Dinulog ng samahang manggagawa ang panawagan natin para sa tapat na pakikipag-ugnayan at kapayapaan para sa industriya. Tinanggap ng mga mamamayan ang hamon ng nagbabagong mukha ng teknolohiya, at pinatunayang handa ang Pilipinong makipagsabayan sa pandaigdigang merkado," he added.

Aquino also scored the continued support of the Overseas Filipino Workers and the uniformed personnel: “Hindi napatid ang suporta at pagmamalasakit ng mga kababayan natin sa ibayong dagat, pati na ng unipormadong hanay na tumindig para atiing mga komunidad.”

In the end, the president recognized the need to continue the reforms and to work towards positive change.

“Inaanyayahan ko kayong makisabay sa ating pagkilos: Sumulong tayo sa tamang landas, tungo sa maliwanag at makatarungang bukas,” said Aquino.

Meanwhile, different labor groups staged protests around the country to demand the government to look into the plight of the poor workers.

The groups – which include Partido Manggagawa, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, the labor coalition Nagkaisa, Palea, National Federation of Labor Unions and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) – called attention to the different labor issues termed as “Apat Dapat”: ending contractualization, increasing minimum wage, lowering the prices of basic commodities, and improving public services that affect millions of workers around the country.

“This year’s Labor Day protest will condemn neoliberal economic policies that have worsened the situation of Filipino workers. Workers will push for their demands for the junking of contractualization and the implementation of a National Minimum Wage in the amount of P750 amidst their worsening hunger and poverty,” Jerome Adonis, secretary-general of KMU said.

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