UNIFIED PRESS STATEMENT
October 21, 2011
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon (PMT)
Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML)
Samahan ng mga Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO)
Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA)
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
Corporate Greed: Wrecking havoc on the Filipino People
Our organizations join the worldwide call against “corporate greed” and the empire of capitalism. We look up to “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) as a beacon to a world bled dry by global monopoly corporations.
Right at the very heart of the enemy – at the biggest capitalist economy – American workers have spontaneously begun to speak out against the widest rich-poor divide in the history of capitalism; not with their voices but with their feet by occupying selected choke points in several key cities in the US.
OWS is a trailblazer that set a wave of anti-capitalist protests around the world. In various countries, protesters have occupied public spaces to express their sentiment against corporate greed.
Because we are inspired by the resurgence in America, we are staging a protest here at the Philippine Stock Exchange - right before the institution which symbolizes capital’s naked and insatiable drive for profit.
But more important than the form is the substance, we are joining the global call for “People before Profit”. Indeed, government must heed the primacy of people’s welfare over the right to profit by the elite few.
We are calling on the Aquino administration – in the name of social justice – to reverse the following trends, which are all manifestations of how corporate greed is wrecking havoc on the Filipino people:
a) No to Outsourcing! The President must issue a public apology for threatening to sue PALEA with “economic sabotage”. Declare a policy of protecting the right to regular and secure jobs against abusive practices of management prerogative such as outsourcing and downsizing.
b) No to Oil Deregulation! Review policies on how to revert back to a regulated oil market. Thirteen years of deregulation is enough evidence to prove that without state intervention, the public would be defenseless against shameless profiteering by the oil oligarchs.
c) In-city Development! Humane and sustainable conditions (not higher land values for real estate moguls) should be the starting point of any resolution to the urban poor question.
d) No to Privatization! The sale of basic public social services (i.e., electricity, water, roads) to the private sector (local and foreign) has resulted in exorbitant prices. Government should not turn its back on its role to provide its people social goods and services. End privatization schemes; do not deny the people of social services.
e) No to Liberalization! Economic development should not be dependent on foreign investment (i.e., foreign monopoly capital) much less foreign products. Develop the national economy through industrialization and modernization of agriculture.
f) Climate Justice Now! Capitalism’s greed does not only deny jobs and income to the people but also threatens our future. The world is for everyone. Uphold sustainable and planned utilization of natural resources.