By Leslie Ann Aquino
Three years under the Duterte administration, a labor group said the only change that has come for Filipino workers is the paltry wage increase.
The Kilusang Mayo Uno said such an increase was not even enough to keep up with the high inflation rate.
“Millions of workers and their families are suffering from hunger,” Lito Ustarez, vice chairperson, of KMU said in a statement.
“Pres. Duterte’s campaign promise of higher wages and regularization of all Filipino workers remain elusive,” he added.
Worse, Ustarez said the Duterte administration has pushed for anti-worker policies with the impending approval of a bogus Security of Tenure Law that will only legitimize endo practices.
He said the Filipino workers are also subjected to further depression of wages, unsafe working conditions, and curtailment of workers’ rights to unionize and organize.
“Union leaders and organizers are also target of harassment, physical violence and arrest under false charges,” said Ustarez.
The group then called on all Filipino workers and advocates to launch protest actions to condemn the Duterte administration’s neglect of Filipino workers and worsening attacks on Filipino workers and union organizers a week before the President delivers his State of the Nation Address.
“We encourage everyone to participate in various protest activities in workplaces such as ribbon-wearing, noise barrage and lunchtime protest actions,” Ustarez said.
The KMU also called on representatives in the 18th Congress to legislate a Php750 national minimum wage to alleviate the living condition of Filipino workers and their families.