Corruption hampers speedy resolution of labor cases—groups

MANILA—Abuse of the legal process and corruption are among the major reasons why cases filed before the National Labor Relations Commission and other quasi-judicial bodies are slowly moving. This was the statement of the maritime labor center, International Seafarers’ Action Center (ISAC) inManila.

KMU assails DOF’s plan to increase self-employed taxes

MANILA, July 16, 2011—Militant labor center, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) assails the Department of Finance’s (DOF) plan to increase the tax payment of workers, under self-employed and professional categories in order to beef up government funds. Joselito “Ka Lito” Ustarez, vice chair of the KMU said in a statement that the DOF, particularly the Bureau […]

Seafarers, called to unite on fight for their rights and welfare

MANILA, June 25, 2011—The International Seafarers’ Action Center (ISAC) calls on different mariners’ and seafarers’ groups to intensify its struggles for their rights and welfare, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) declares June 25 as the 1st Day for the Seafarer. In a statement, ISAC said that seafarers face myriad of problems, which solutions remain […]

OFWs in Taiwan assails compulsory insurance fee

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan have assailed the new law making an insurance plan compulsory among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Dave Chang, chairperson of Migrante in Taiwan has said in a statement that the new regulation will just shoo away prospective employers for it will just be add to their already heavy […]

SPECIAL LABOR REPORT: Labor groups want PAL be ‘nationalized,’ stop contractualization of labor

Group advocating job tenure in the Philippines, Tanggol Kabuhayan-Pilipinas (Tanggol Kabuhayan) condems the termination of more than 600 pilots of the Philippine Airlines and urges the government to nationalize Lucio Tan’s airline company.

SPECIAL LABOR REPORT: Two-tier wage systems detrimental to labor—Eiler

It would be riskier for workers’ tenure and economic security if the Philippine government will impose the two-tiered system of wage determination, says labor think-tank, Eiler, Inc.

Exclusion of foreign domestic workers in new HK salary law, enslavement—group

Antipolo City, July 20, 2010—The Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body or AMCB, a Hong Kong-based alliance of foreign domestic workers, assails the latest decision of the HK government not to include foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in the recent salary hike. Calling it “slavery, marginalization, and discrimination,” the new salary law had excluded FDWs in the statutory […]