Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Media Advisory: Workers march to Cavite ecozone after human rights alliance launched

Media Advisory
May 30, 2018
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Ramil Cangayao @ 09336331847

After human rights alliance launched:
Workers march to Cavite ecozone to demand right to unionize, living wage, regular jobs

WHAT: Workers to march to Cavite ecozone to demand right to unionize, living wage and regular jobs

WHEN: Today, May 30 (Wednesday), 4:00 pm

WHERE: Cavite Economic Zone main gate (gate 1)

Workers will hold a rally this afternoon to the Cavite economic zone to demand a national minimum wage, inspection of factories about contractualization and a the right to unionize. From inside the ecozone, strikebound workers of Dong Seung, a garments factory, will march to meet the workers outside the gate.

A series of labor disputes around freedom of association and working conditions have rocked the Cavite ecozone, the country's biggest publicly-managed zone.

Led by labor unions and informal workers associations, some 300 leaders of people's organizations and civil society groups will convene this morning to launch "Manlaban Ka," a broad alliance in the Southern Luzon area in defense of human rights.

Constitutionalist Atty. Christian Monsod, former representative Erin Tanada and Commission on Human Rights officials are expected to grace the occasion. Part of the program is a discussion of charter change as a human rights issue.

Similar human rights alliances led by people's organizations have recently been formed in Metro Manila and the Visayas.

Violations of workers rights in the heavily industrialized Calabarzon, agrarian disputes in many provinces, and mining issues in Mimaropa and Bicol are the most pressing human rights concerns in Southern Luzon, aside from incidents of extra-judicial killings due to the war on drugs. ###

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