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Mar. 22, 2017 – “Driving new economic growth will require reducing income inequality, according to this IMF report.” Read more.

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 22, 2017

Recent work by the International Monetary Fund suggests that countries which redistribute more and have lower inequality actually grow faster. Read or download the report here.

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Mar 15, 2017 – Pope warns of ‘very grave sin’ when jobs are cut unjustly. Read more.

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY, Mar 15, 2017, Pope Francis said Wednesday that employers who fire workers for unclear economic reasons are committing a “very grave sin” and should ensure dignified work for all their employees.

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Mar. 1, 2017 – “There’s a curious fact about the wealth and growth of nations that you rarely see mentioned: NO COUNTRY HAS EVER JOINED THE MODERN, HIGH-PRODUCTIVITY, RICH-COUNTRY CLUB WITHOUT MASSIVE DOSES OF REDISTRIBUTION, AND UNIVERSAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS FOR SOCIAL SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL SECURITY. NOT ONE. EVER.”

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Why Welfare and Redistribution Saves Capitalism from Itself Rich countries share wealth and create economic security By Steve Roth, http://evonomics.com/whats-the-secret-to-joining-the-rich-country-club/ There’s a curious fact about the wealth and growth of nations that you rarely see mentioned: No country has ever joined the modern, high-productivity, rich-country club without massive doses of redistribution, and universal government programs for…

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Feb. 5, 2017 – “The deep root of the drug problem and criminality is the poverty of the majority, the destruction of the family and corruption in society. THE STEP WE HAVE TO TAKE IS TO OVERCOME POVERTY, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE GIVING OF PERMANENT WORK AND SUFFICIENT WAGES TO WORKERS [capitalizing ours]. xxx” Read more.

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 9, 2017

Read the full pastoral statement of the CBCP on drug-related killings below: “Beloved People of God We, your bishops, are deeply concerned due to many deaths and killings in the campaign against prohibited drugs. This traffic in illegal drugs needs to be stopped and overcome. But the solution does not lie in the killing of suspected…

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Jan. 12, 2017 – ANG ENDO AY EVIL! Ang Endo ay kakabit ng maraming panggigipit at pagsasamantala sa mga manggagawa. Low wages, disregard of labor standards, muzzling workers’ voice, thwarting unions. Inde makapalag ang aping manggagawa dahil alam nya na ‘pag nagsalita sya, tiyak Endo sya down the road. Race to the bottom talaga. Read more.

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 24, 2017

Jan. 12, 2017 – ANG ENDO AY EVIL! Ang Endo ay kakabit ng maraming panggigipit at pagsasamantala sa mga manggagawa. Low wages, disregard of labor standards, muzzling workers’ voice, thwarting unions. Inde makapalag ang aping manggagawa dahil alam nya na ‘pag nagsalita sya, tiyak Endo sya down the road. Race to the bottom talaga.

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Jan. 5, 2017 – THE YEAR ENDED; ENDO DID NOT. Nahihirapan ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) makagawa ng ENDO Department Order. Obvious, dahil conflicted pa rin ang DOLE kung ano sila. Nagiisip pa rin sila na sila ay Department of Labor and EmployERS, at inde countervailing institution against the overwhelming power of employers. Read more.

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Jan. 5, 2017 – THE YEAR ENDED; ENDO DID NOT. Nahihirapan ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) makagawa ng ENDO Department Order. Obvious, dahil conflicted pa rin ang DOLE kung ano sila. Nagiisip pa rin sila na sila ay Department of Labor and EmployERS, at inde countervailing institution against the overwhelming power of employers.

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Dec. 29, 2016 – MAY ENDO RIN DAW SA DUAL TRAINING? [ENDO in Dual Training?] A number of workers covered by Dual Training say they have completed two years of dual training, but continue to be under the training system. The school partner of the unnamed company cannot answer the trainee/workers’ simple question of the status of their training/engagement, while training and non-worker status continue on and on. They do the same work as workers on regular status, but get only the trainee allowance. Read more.

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 16, 2017

Read TUCP’s quick research on the matter here. Trainees in dual training system are considered ‘trainees’, not employees. Trainees are entitled to daily allowances and insurance overage. Trainees are not required to be covered by SSS, PHIC or PagIBIG. As trainees, not employees, they are not entitled to 13th month pay. Bonuses and 14th month…

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Dec. 22, 2016 – As part of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) In the Philippines, the People Managers Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and TUCP signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 23 November 2016 on joint work for programs against Gender-Based Violence at the Workplace, among other issues. Read more.

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Read PMAP-TUCP MOU here.

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Dec. 15, 2016 – Victims of gender-based violence (GBV) are entitled to 10 days domestic violence leave with pay. Not many government agencies, unions and workers know this! Very understandable, considering that concerted government and private sector information campaigns on GBV do not exist. Predictably, 92% of those surveyed by ITUC AP and its affiliates in the Philippines say “that workplace support such as paid leave, education, training, and safety policies for domestic violence could reduce the effects of violence on the work lives of workers”.

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 13, 2017

Dec. 15, 2016 – Victims of gender-based violence (GBV) are entitled to 10 days domestic violence leave with pay. Not many government agencies, unions and workers know this! Very understandable, considering that concerted government and private sector information campaigns on GBV do not exist. Predictably, 92% of those surveyed by ITUC AP and its affiliates…

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Dec. 8, 2016 – HELP! LATE FOR WORK, ABSENT FROM WORK, BOTHERED AT WORK! – Practically no one pays attention to GBV victims. Victims tell co-workers, but it ends there. Employers are told, but largely they don’t address ‘personal’ or ‘family’ matters.

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 11, 2016

Dec. 8, 2016 – HELP! LATE FOR WORK, ABSENT FROM WORK, BOTHERED AT WORK! – Practically no one pays attention to GBV victims. Victims tell co-workers, but it ends there. Employers are told, but largely they don’t address ‘personal’ or ‘family’ matters. Complaints are filed with barangays and police, but results are mixed. Worse, many…

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Dec. 5, 2015 – GBV PROGRAMS NEEDED – Four of ten workers in the Philippines had been victims of gender-based violence (GBV),or know of someone else in the workplace who had been similarly victimized. GBV’s negative effects on enterprise and workers productivity and well-being are clear, too. However, government or private sector programs to address GBV have yet to be put in place.

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 6, 2016

Dec. 5, 2015 – GBV PROGRAMS NEEDED – Four of ten workers in the Philippines had been victims of gender-based violence (GBV),or know of someone else in the workplace who had been similarly victimized. GBV’s negative effects on enterprise and workers productivity and well-being are clear, too. However, government or private sector programs to address…

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Dec. 1, 2016 – Gender-based violence (GBV) messes with workers in many ways. An ITUC AP/Philippine affiliates survey in 2015 found that one-in-every-five workers had been victims of GBV (emotional/psychological, physical, sexual, harassment). In addition, one of every five workers had known someone else in the workplace who had been victimized. GBV caused workers being late for work or absent altogether. There were GBV deaths, too. One in two victims said violence had continued at or near the workplace. Abusers were husbands predominantly, wives at times, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends.

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 3, 2016

Dec. 1, 2016 – GENDER-BASED  VIOLENCE (GBV) messes with workers in many ways. An ITUC AP/Philippine affiliates survey in 2015 found that one-in-every-five workers had been victims of GBV (emotional/psychological, physical, sexual, harassment).  In addition, one of every five workers had known someone else in the workplace who had been victimized.  GBV caused workers being…

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Nov. 21, 2016 — The country’s Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) have dutifully issued minimum wages in their regions, but they have taken the line of least resistance and adopted the very low road to development. They pride themselves in having mandated wages not too far from regional poverty levels.

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Nov. 21, 2016 —  The country’s Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) have dutifully issued minimum wages in their regions, but they have taken the line of least resistance and adopted the very low road to development.  They pride themselves in having mandated wages not too far from regional poverty levels. They have been…

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Nov. 16, 2016 – CTALK by Cito Beltan, Philippine Star – Don’t look now but the DOLE is clearly doing the “One step forward – Two step backward” dance concerning the issue on abolishing contractualization.

Published by reposted only Date posted on November 18, 2016

Nov. 16, 2016 – CTALK by Cito Beltan, Philippine Star – Don’t look now but the DOLE is clearly doing the  “One step forward – Two step backward” dance concerning the issue on abolishing contractualization. It won’t surprise me one bit if the DOLE decides to dance with the “contractors” and push for a compromise…

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Nov. 15, 2016 – So-called workers cooperatives, originally put up to thwart union organizing, without appropriate capital and workplace tools, equipment, etc. are labor-only contractors. Hotels and restaurants are accelerating engagement of ‘workers cooperatives’ to go around President Duterte’s pronouncement about ending ‘endo’.

Published by reposted only Date posted on November 15, 2016
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Nov. 8, 2016 – Workers putting up the electrical connections and lamp posts along C. P. Garcia St. in Diliman, Quezon City, National Capital Region (NCR), have no rudiments of personal protective equipment. Some are barefoot! All are in ordinary street clothes, no work clothes, no work gloves, no safety hats, no nothing …

Published by reposted only Date posted on November 8, 2016
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Nov. 1, 2016 – Endo by any other name is just as exploitative. We have been told endo has been ended in a number of enterprises…

Published by reposted only Date posted on November 1, 2016

Nov. 1, 2016 – Endo by any other name is just as exploitative. We have been told endo has been ended in a number of enterprises.  Don’t believe!  What one enterprising mall chain has done is to tell workers they are now regular, but their contracts would be renewed on a yearly basis. Trick or…

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Oct. 26, 2016 – Unpaid hours are another aggravation for Philippine workers. Sales and fast food workers are required to report for work early…

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 27, 2016

Oct. 26, 2016 – Unpaid hours are another aggravation for Philippine workers. Sales and fast food workers are required to report for work early (even over an hour before paid time) to prepare for work or to prepare items, materials or food for sale or display.  Then they are required to stay longer after paid…

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Oct. 12, 2016 – Delayed release of last pay (and other benefits) constitute more than half of complaints brought to the attention of TUCP by call center agents. Even when resignations have been timely filed, and clearances have been issued by employers. Despite numerous follow ups.

Published by anna Date posted on October 26, 2016
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Sept. 21, 2016 – Workers fixing San Marcelino street in Manila are in slippers and have no safety equipment of any kind whatsoever.

Published by anna Date posted on September 21, 2016

Sept. 21, 2016 – Workers fixing San Marcelino street in Manila are in slippers and have no safety equipment of any kind whatsoever.

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Sept. 21, 2016 – Workers building the new Quinta market have insufficient safety equipment.

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Sept. 21, 2016 – Workers building the new Quinta market have insufficient safety equipment.

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It’s PD 442, stupid! Not Herrera

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 6, 2016

ON CONTRACTUALIZATION There is nothing in the Herrera Law that authorizes contractualization.

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