March 18, 2012
President Benigno Aquino III got another jab from militant groups after his speech at the Anvil Business Club last Friday about protecting workers interests. The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) slammed as a brazen lie President Aqunio’s declaration to business leaders that the workers welfare is paramount.
“President Aquino is a Noy-ngaling. There is a huge disconnect between his words and deeds regarding workers’ interests. If PNoy is not a Noy-ngaling then how come 2,400 Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees have been sacrificed by the Office of the President and the Labor Department on the altar of contractualization,” declared Renato Magtubo, PM chair.
PM insisted that Aquino had his litmus test with the labor dispute at PAL but failed miserably. “PNoy’s new found love for workers is a casual affair no different from his usual relationships. PNoy’s alleged love for workers will not last five months like the widespread contractual contracts that afflict laborers everywhere,” Magtubo added.
Nonetheless PM challenged Aquino to order the National Wages and Productivity Commission to act on the wage petitions, and certify the bills on legislated wage and security of tenure at Congress.
For the coming Labor Day celebrations, PM and allied groups such as the Philippine Airlines Employees Association are launching a campaign for labor justice they have dubbed “Love your workers” in a jab at the “Love your PAL” advertising campaign of the national flag carrier.
“Workers demand reforms beyond the prosecution of Gloria and the impeachment of
. The graft ridden National Labor Relations Commission, the Department of Labor and Employment and the National Mediation and Conciliation Board must be cleansed. The policies of liberalization, deregulation and privatization that have led to thousands of closures and layoffs, and collapse of industry and agriculture must be rolled back,” Magtubo explained. Corona