The militant labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno said on Friday that majority of the country’s workers won’t benefit from the Senate-approved tax exemption on the 13th month pay, saying it is a case of “too little, too late.”
The striking workers and management of a radio station signed today a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which led to the conclusion of a 43-day labor strike.
Workers of the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Davao said that only the charges of illegal strike filed by the company against them stand in the way of a “peaceful” culmination of negotiations that would end their nearly two months strike.
The station manager of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Davao stressed Friday that their continued broadcasting amidst the strike launched by union workers is a way of fulfilling their responsibility to their listeners.
Striking broadcasters and radio workers here said the management of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) sent out alleged illegal broadcasts since October 3 despite the union strike and appealed to government intervention the continued broadcast from what they claimed was the use of an unlicensed facility.
A labor group said President Benigno Aquino III gave “wrong information on strike data” and “mocked the seriousness of the right to strike” in his 5th state of the nation address (sona) to “salvage an already ostracized presidency”.
The labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (May One Movement) said it finds it ironic that the labor department holds a jobs’ fair on Independence Day.
Union members who participated for the first time in a Labor Day demonstration call on other workers to “form your unions to protect your rights.”