By Erma Edera
Labor groups kicked off their 90-day campaign dubbed as “#LaborVote2019” in time for the start of the national campaign period for the May 2019 midterm elections in front of the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday.
“The solid and huge Philippine labor vote is set to use the electoral platform to raise their issues, send their messages across and pick genuine pro-labor candidates who can truly address and resolve their long-drawn democratic and legitimate aspirations for jobs, wages and labor rights,” Christian Lloyd Magsoy, Defend Job Philippines spokesperson said.
Spearheaded by the Defend Job Philippines, a non-government organization advocating basic rights of Filipino workers, the campaign aims to push for workers advocacy and also seeks national and local candidates who have track records and clear feasible platforms and programs for the numerous plights and agenda of our working class.
Members of affiliated labor groups also launched the “Labor Vote Bus” on Tuesday which will tour around factory belts, workers, communities, institutions of labor rights advocates and major thoroughfares of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.
Magsoy said the bus will serve as their vehicle to offer free rides for workers and venue for their voter’s education drive that will advance their long-drawn demands for regular jobs, higher wages, safe workplaces, lower prices of goods and advancement of labor rights in the country.
Aside from voter’s education on wheels, they will also conduct a series of town hall meetings during the campaign period.
The said activities will be attended by mass memberships of local labor unions and workers associations to discuss their agenda and for workers to express their struggles and issues to all interested political aspirants.
Magsoy also invited candidates to hop-in and join their ride to directly address their platforms, proposed solutions and legislative agenda for the Filipino workers once elected in power. #MatalinongBoto2019