WORKERS’ APPEAL to Netizens (and to Anonymous Philippines)
We join you in your continued vigilance for our civil and political rights and in your struggle against the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Impressed are we by your youthful vigor, boldness and creativity, that we seek your help in increasing online awareness on the following problems that beset the workers and the poor: (a) low wages, (b) contractualization, (c) high power rates and, (d) spiraling fuel prices.
These problems are caused by policies promoted by the very same lawmakers and public officials who are now assaulting the people’s right to free expression in the Internet. They are (a) the tacit cheap labor policy, (b) Court decisions which allow outsourcing and subcontracting and the loopholes in the Labor Code that promote contractual over regular employment, (c) the privatization of the power industry due to the EPIRA law, and (d) the deregulation of the oil industry.
To the Anonymous Philippines, inasmuch as we are impressed by your brazen display of technical skill and devotion to the cause, insomuch do we implore on you to seek legitimate avenues of dissent by using the Constitutional right to free expression to highlight “gut issues”, which affect the majority of the Filipino people. Real change will come by infusing the dynamism of cyber-protests to the practical movement of the working masses. Unite against a common enemy. Together, we will win! #