Uring Manggagawa, Hukbong Mapagpalaya!

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Linggo, Nobyembre 3, 2019

BMP Negros – Official Statement

BMP Negros – Official Statement

November 1, 2019

The working class of the Negros Island decries the actions taken by the CIDG, PNP, and AFP in raiding the offices of progressive organizations, namely Gabriela, National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), and Anakpawis on the early evening of October 31, 2019. These are legal organizations that have fought and are fighting for the interest of laborers.

This is a form of harassment which portrays a clear demonstration that the rights of organizations are being curtailed. This is also a message that reveals there is a motivation to silence organizations that are critical of the Duterte regime.

The event is without a doubt a manifestation of de facto Martial Law that is occurring throughout the nation, a status that was put into effect informally through the Memorandum Order 32 of President Duterte; it is of no difference from the military interventions that took place during the Marcos dictatorship.

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) Negros strongly condemns the military forces and the Duterte regime with the measures that they have carried out against the working class and people's organizations.

Thus, we call on the unity of the working class in confronting the ploys of the government.
Ideological and political lines must be crossed in order to unite against fascist attacks by the common enemy. An attack on one is an attack to all. This is a violation not just to the Maoist forces, not just to the Left, but to the people's democratic right to organize and defend themselves against the oppressive and exploitative few.

Long Live the Working Class!

Samuel S. Gavoro
Chairman, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino – Negros

Miyerkules, Agosto 28, 2019

Workers accuse Labor Dept of inaction, set up camp at head office

Press Release
28 August 2019

Workers accuse Labor Dept of inaction, set up camp at head office

Aggrieved workers from several labor unions affiliated with socialist Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) today pitched camp in front of the national office of the Labor department in Intramuros today to urge Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello to enforce various decisions and commitments he made last year that remain unfulfilled.

Workers complain that companies have not complied with decisions favorable to workers that were decreed by the department. Decisions range from regularization to return-to-work orders to backwages payments.

Among the campers are representatives of the Leyte-based, poultry supplier DBSN Farm Agriventures who were promised by Sec. Bello himself in July last year that he will personally accompany the workers to enforce its decision.

Last year, DBSN employees sought a DOLE inspection but were punished by management and even charged with violations of the Cybercrime Law for merely posting an image of strikers on social media.

Upon the inspection of a labor inspector of DOLE Region 8, DBSN was found guilty of the following labor standards violations: (1) No proof of coverage/remittance of SSS, (2) No Service Agreement, (3) Non-payment of Overtime Premium Pay, (4) Non-payment of Service Incentives Leave Pay, (5) Non-payment of Holiday Pay, (6) Illegal deduction (personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and aprons, and delivery and transport expenses of sold products by boat), (7) Non-payment of Night Shift Differential Pay, 8. Non-presentation of D.O 174 Registration Certificate, (8) Non-payment of 13th Month Pay.

Other protestors include illegally dismissed workers from Cosmic Enterprises and strikers of Pacific Plaza Towers and Zagu shakes.

BMP claim that workers are suffering from a double whammy for asserting their right to be regularized under the Bello’s Department Order 174. “First by the retaliatory measures employed by the companies and non-compliance of decisions favorable to workers and the lack of political will of the DOLE to enforce its own orders and decisions”.

“This administration’s treacherous abandonment of workers with the non-enactment of a law that will forever outlaw trilateral work arrangements has only exacerbated the conditions of contractual employees and highlighted the gaps of Bello’s department order and his apparent ineptitude,” claimed Luke Espiritu, BMP president.

The campers promise to maintain the orderliness of their protest camp and will only vacate their camp once Sec. Bello personally and vigorously takes action towards the fulfillment of the labor department’s decisions.###

Martes, Agosto 20, 2019

Pahayag ng pagsuporta ng Super BMP sa Pepmaco Workers Union-NAFLU-KMU


Kinukundena ng Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reform (SUPER) - Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) ang ginawang marahas na dispersal at iligal na pang-aaresto sa manggagawa ng PEPMACO nitong nakaraang Lunes, Agosto 19.

Hinuhuburan ng PNP ang kanilang sarili bilang neutral na institusyon sa tunggalian ng PEPMACO Management at ng Unyon. Klarong-klaro na kasangkapan sila sa pagsasamantala at manggagawa. Masasabi rin ito sa DOLE na hinayaang mabuwag ang picket line ng manggagawa gayung lehitimo at makatarungan ang welga ng manggagawa.

Naninindigan ang SUPER-BMP na kailanman ay makatarungan ang pagkakaisa ng uring manggagawa. Ang laban ng mga kauri namin sa PEPMACO para sa regularisasyon, sapat na sahod, at ligtas na lugar-paggawa ay ang laban ng lahat ng manggagawa sa buong bansa. Ang represyon at iligal na pagpapakulong sa kanila ay repleksyon ng maka-kapitalista at anti-manggagawang oryentasyon ng lipunan kung saan ang gobyerno at pulis na dapat prinoprotektahan ang mamamayan ang siya mismong nagpapagamit sa kapital upang pilayin ang manggagawang ipinaglalaban lamang ang kanyang mga karapatan.

Lagi’t lagi nating alalahanin na ang pag-uunyon at pagwewelga ay produkto ng di makatarungang pagtrato ng mga kapitalista sa mga manggagawang lumilikha ng yaman ng lipunan. Pagka’t sa pagkakaisa lamang ng uring manggagawa makakamit ang tunay na pagbabago sa loob at labas ng pabrika.

Inaanyayahan ang lahat ng manggagawang Pilipino na magbuklod upang igiit ang ating mga karapatan at panawagan sa malawak na pagbabago sa ating lipunan.


Miyerkules, Mayo 1, 2019

Labor Day 2019: Common slate and platform by unified workers movement is a victory in itself

May 1, 2019

Labor Day 2019: Common slate and platform by unified workers movement is a victory in itself, says labor groups

Labor senatoriables held a presscon at the foot of Mendiola Bridge early morning today to commemorate International Labor Day. The candidates, who have coalesced under the LABOR WIN alliance, said that the said venue was chosen not only as a message to Malacanang to persuade House and the Senate to prohibit contractualization, enact a national minimum wage, and adopt a policy of price control.

"Our assembly at the Palace gates is also a reminder to the Filipino working class that there can be no genuine social change and meaningful reforms unless political power truly serves the interests of labor. The electoral intervention by labor groups is but a small step towards this historical mission," said Ernie Arellano of National Confederation of Labor (NCL).

Victory by Labor

An optimistic Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) national chair Ka Leody de Guzman agreed, "Kahit hindi pa naitatala ang resulta ng halalan, maari nang sabihing may nakamit nang mga tagumpay ang kilusang paggawa ngayong halalang 2019".

The victories that de Guzman pertains to is the "higher level of unity" attained by various groups under the LABOR WIN alliance. "We have not only transcended our ideological differences and innate competition for the affiliation of local trade unions. More so, we now unite not only trade union demands but on the need for labor participation in politics, during elections and after it, in order to reach our shared vision of a prosperous, egalitarian, pro-labor and pro-poor society".

Neri Colmenares of the Makabayan Coalition explained, "A strong and united workers' movement that is not limited to factory struggles is an essential component in the people's struggle against the more brazen attacks to human rights under the present regime".

"If the election surveys are to be believed, it is evident that the hold of patronage politics, especially in the ranks of the desperate poor, is still strong. But it will soon break as workers are now beginning to vote not based on individual preferences but on their common interest as a class. Hence, we are now witnessing the blossoming of the workers movement as a powerful political force to change society," Sonny Matula of Federation of Free Workers (FFW) furthered.

Allan Montano, also of FFW sums it up by exclaiming "Manggagawa na! We have long asked for pro-labor and pro-poor reforms to be passed by Congress and the Senate but our demands fall on deaf ears of lawmakers who advances profit before people. The imperative is for labor leaders to get elected into the legislature to fight for workers' interests. History reveals that the path of electoral participation, alongside the mass struggles of the workers outside the halls of Congress, brought the legislation of various labor standards such as the 8-hour working day, the minimum wage, the right to form unions and collectively bargain, the weekend, etc."

Manggagawa, pamunuan ang laban ng bayan!

The LABOR WIN candidates were joined in by the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), who assembled in Mendiola. The PLM is the political party that fielded Ka Leody de Guzman in the senatorial race. It is also running in the partylist elections.

PLM national chair Sonny Melencio said, "Electoral victory, to win seats in Congress and the Senate is but one of our objectives in participating in the elections. We aspire for representation inside the elite dominated legislative branch of the capitalist state to give voice to the toiling and impoverished majority. But more than this, we will grab the opportunity provided by the elections to massively organize the workers and the poor under a pro-reform platform and to raise the discourse beyond the mudslinging and the muckraking of the trapos.

Melencio added, "In the latter half of the Duterte regime, we expect the administration to dominate Congress and the local governments. It would be harsher and ruthless in its implementation of the neoliberal economic policies of liberalization, deregulation, privatization, and contractualization in order to please foreign investors and local capitalists.

He warned that the administration’s ‘war on drugs’ , which is actually a war on the poor will only be more unrelenting coupled with its contnued subservience to the whims of the Chinese government, not just in the disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea but also in its intervention on the country’s economic affairs.

To counter these attacks on labor and the Filipino people, Melencio asserted that, “the struggle against fascism needs the leadership of the labor movement. Hence, we welcome the massive support enjoyed by Ka Leody and the LABOR WIN slate, especially among the young voters, in the ongoing electoral campaign. The labor movement will be strengthened by fresh forces coming from the ranks of the youth".

Unified Labor March by Church Labor Conference, PAGGAWA, KMU, FFW and BMP

In the afternoon, various groups marched thousands of workers from different assemblies in Metro Manila and converged in a unity march along Quezon Bridge before holding a joint program at Liwasang Bonifacio.

The "unity march" assembles the broadest ever convergence of the labor movement to date with the Church Labor Conference, Pagkakaisa ng Paggawa (PAGGAWA), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), among others. ###

Ka Leody de Guzman 0920-5200672
Sonny Melencio 0908-8173169

Linggo, Abril 28, 2019

De Guzman demands expansion of ‘Pantawid Pasada’, ODL repeal

Press Release
28 April 2019

De Guzman demands expansion of ‘Pantawid Pasada’, ODL repeal
Gov’t silence on Oxford oil price hike report, “irresponsible”

Labor senatoriable Leody De Guzman demanded the expansion of “Pantawid Pasada” fuel voucher beneficiaries and the repeal of Republic Act 8479, or the Oil Deregulation Law (ODL), in light of the recent report by Oxford Economics that the Philippines will be “feel the most pain” when oil prices are expected to shoot up to $100 per barrel by 2020.

“Hindi na dapat natin hintayin pa na magka-krisis bago natin simulan ang mga ‘preemptive actions’, lalo na’t ngayon pa lang sa ilalim ng TRAIN Law (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) ay nahihirapan na ang mga manggagawa sa transport,” De Guzman said.

The current “Pantawid Pasada” enrols 179,000 valid franchise holders of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs), but De Guzman said that the actual number of PUJ drivers is around 250,000-270,000.

“Hindi lang din naman jeepney driver ang nahihirapan sa pagsirit ng langis, nandiyan din ang mga gumagamit ng motor para pumasok araw-araw sa trabaho. Higit pa sa pag-cover ng lahat ng jeepney drivers, dapat isama na ang mga minimum wage earners na gumagamit ng motor,” the labor leader said.

De Guzman said that the silence of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) with the Oxford Economics report is “borderline irresponsible”, given that drivers are “already carrying the burden of TRAIN law’s petroleum excise taxes”.

“Alam naman natin kung gaano kabagal magpanukala at mag-finalize ng polisiya sa Pilipinas. Dapat naa-anticipate na ng DOE at DOTr ang mga ganito sitwasyon. Ngayon pa lang ay dapat hinahanda na nila ang expansion ng ‘Pantawid Pasada’,” he proposed.

Repeal ODL

De Guzman, who run under Partido Lakas ng Masa explained, however, that the “strategic solution” is the repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law, “so the government will have the power to prevent the downstream oil industry from taking advantage of international price movements.”

“Tuwing sisirit ang petrolyo sa world market, mas malaki ang itinataas ng mga higanteng oil retailers kaysa sa totoong pagtaas. Pero kapag bumagsak naman ang presyo ay kay kupad nilang mag-rollback,” he complained.

If downstream oil prices are regulated, De Guzman explained, then the government can ensure that “no crisis profiteering” can occur, and it can “better implement a more just transition to fossil-fuel based transport.”

“Ang sinasabi kasi ng pamahalaan, hayaang sumirit ang presyo ng gasolina at diesel para daw ma-encourage ang alternative transport. Eh saan manggagaling ang alternatiba na ‘to, at may pambili ba ang mga tao? Hangga’t walang konkretong solusyon, kailangan i-regulate muna ang sektor ng downstream oil,” De Guzman concluded.###

Reference: Leody de Guzman 0920-5200672
Partido Lakas ng Masa

Biyernes, Abril 26, 2019

April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work

In 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO), began to observe World Day in order to stress the prevention of accidents and diseases at work, capitalizing on the ILO's traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.

This celebration is an integral part of the Global Strategy on Occupational Safety and Health of the ILO, as documented in the Conclusions of the International Labour Conference in June 2003. One of the main pillars of the Global Strategy is advocacy, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a significant tool to raise awareness of how to make work safe and healthy and of the need to raise the political profile of occupational safety and health.

28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

Biyernes, Abril 12, 2019

Pahayag ng BMP sa iligal na pag-aresto sa 11 magsasaka sa Negros Occ.


Pagsipi: Luke Espiritu, National President, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

Nakarating sa amin ang balita na noong Abril 1, 11 magsasaka ang iligal na inaresto ng kapulisan at militar sa Barangay Sebucauan, Isabela, Negros Occidental sa maling akusasyon na New People’s Army (NPA) raw sila. Siyam sa mga magsasakang ito ang kinulong sa asuntong murder sa napaslang na konsehal Jolomar Hilario ng bayan ng Moises Padilla (Magallon) sapagkat ang dalawang iba pa ay mga menor de edad.

Nangyari ang pag-aresto habang hinahabol ng mga militar ang mga nakaengkwentrong ARMADONG mga kalalakihan na diumano'y NPA matapos makipagpalitan ng putok. Ang 11 magsasaka ay naglalakad patungo sa bahay ng kanilang lola ng may-ari ng tubuhan para kumain matapos ang maghapong pagsaka. Wala silang dalang anumang armas—tanging mga kasangkapan lamang sa pagsasaka ang kanilang tangan.
Mismong ang Barangay Kapitana ng Sebucauan na si Amy Locsin ang nagpatotoo sa pamamagitan ng isang sertipikasyon na mga lehitimong residente ng barangay ang 11 magsasaka at sila'y mga ordinaryong mamamayan lang doon.

Ayon kay Denmar Recto, isa sa mga menor de edad na inaresto, “inimbitahan” lang sila ng mga pulis na nagpakilalang taga-Bacolod sa Barangay Hall ng Sebucauan para “beripikahin” ang kanilang pagkakalilanlan. Ang mga pulis ang nagsilbing blocking force habang nagaganap ang bakbakan sa pagitan ng militar at diumano’y NPA.

Ayon sa salaysay ni Recto, nang makarating sila sa Barangay Hall, sapilitan silang isinakay sa trak ng pulis. Pinatotoo ng lahat ng mga kagawad ng barangay na ang mga inaresto ay hindi NPA kundi mga lokal na residente at sila ay mga tapasero ng tubo. Ang sabi ng pulis dadalhin sila sa istasyon ng Isabela. Doon naman nagtungo at sumunod ang mga kagawad ng barangay. Ngunit, dinala ang 11 sa police station ng bayan ng Moises Padilla.

Bandang alas siyete ng gabi, dumating ang isang babae at dalawang lalake na pawang nakatakip ang mga mukha at nagturo na tila’y mga makapili. Napansin ni Recto na nag-uusap ang mga nakamaskarang tao at mga pulis subalit hindi niya marinig ang kanilang pinag-uusapan.

Bandang alas otso ng gabi, dumating si Kapitana Locsin at tinanong ang mga pulis kung makakauwi na ang mga dinakip na magsasaka. Ang sabi ng mga pulis, makakauwi sila matapos ang imbestigasyon. Hindi ito nangyari sapagkat agad silang isinailalim sa inquest proceedings sa piskalya ng probinsya ng Negros Occidental at inasuntuhan ng kasong murder. Matapos nito, ikinulong sila sa himpilan ng Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office sa Bacolod.

Diringgin sa mga susunod na araw ang kasong murder sa piskalya ng Bacolod. Kapag nakitaan ng "probable cause," makukulong nang walang piyansa ang 9 na magsasaka.
Kasalukuyang tinutulungan ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), at PLM - Partido Lakas ng Masa party-list ang mga nakulong na magsasaka.

Magsasaka ang nagpapakain sa mamamayan! Wag nating hayaan ang gobyerno na sila'y paglaruan!


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