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PH to fly back remaining deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia on July 20

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week

'Trapped' illegal workers in Saudi look to virus for escape

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The problem is rooted in the 'kafala' sponsorship system, described by critics as a modern form of slavery that binds workers to their Saudi employers

MONARCHS. A foreign labourer walks past a banner with portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the Kingdom King Abdulazziz al-Saudm on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Shares of British retailer Boohoo slump over 'sweatshop' claims

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Boohoo's image takes a battering amid allegations that textile workers – many of them from minority ethnic groups – were pressured into working despite the coronavirus crisis

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 30, 2020 the online fashion portal Boohoo is pictured on a laptop in London. - Boohoo has announced it will launch an independent review of its UK supply chain on July 8, 2020. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

PH misses July 4 target to bring home deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:07 PM

Without specifying a new date, the Department of Labor and Employment says they will bring home the bodies 'early next week' or the week of July 5

MISSED TARGET. The Philippine government misses its self-imposed deadline to bring home deceased overseas Filipino workers. Photo by DFA-OUMWA

U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:43 AM

US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children

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Bello dismisses reports of OFWs scavenging for food

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The labor secretary insists the OFWs in Saudi Arabia sorted for themselves food rejected by groceries, not actual garbage

LABOR WOES. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III addresses lawmakers during a House inquiry on the government's repatriation program for OFWs on June 26, 2020. Screenshot from Zoom

PH again lands on global top 10 worst countries for workers

Jun 20, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'In the Philippines, union members are particularly at risk of violence, intimidation and murder,' says the International Trade union Confederation

Members of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lungsod ( BMP-KPML) stage a Labor Day Protest in front of their houses in Caloocan City on May 1, 2020, calling on the goverment for more benefits and assistance to workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Meet Joseph Dante, Manila's street barber

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Who is Joseph Dante, known on social media as Manila's street barber?

Joseph Dante, 44 years old, a carpenter turned barber is seen cutting the hair of one of his client along TM Kalaw in Manila on June 9, 2020. He lost his construction job due to the lockdown and opted to become a full time barber. Daily, he serves an average of 16 clients which pays him P30. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The alarming jobs report Duterte is ignoring

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:07 PM

'Bringing back some jobs will also hinge on the government’s ability — nay, willingness — to implement mass or widespread testing'

[OPINION] Women's work and the coronavirus: Caring for care workers

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'By default, women are more likely to be in poorly paid jobs at the lowest ends of value chains without a chance at education or building skills. With a looming global depression, they are likely to be the first fired and last re-hired.'

LABOR. In many parts of the Philippines, taking care of children and the elderly, as well as doing household chores, is seen as women's tasks. Photo by John Regala/Oxfam

Nearly 100,000 OFWs stranded worldwide due to virus lockdowns

May 31, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Most of the stranded Filipino workers are in the Middle East, says the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday, May 31

OFWs. In this file photo, Filipinos who availed general amnesty granted by the Kuwaiti government are pictured  at the Kuwait International Airport Terminal 4, on April 3, 2020 on their way home to Manila amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Labor groups urge government to hire PUVs during quarantine

May 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Labor groups also report that workers are getting pay cuts of as much as 25% during quarantine

SWABBED. Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[PODCAST] Pagdurusa ng manggagawang Pilipino sa gitna ng pandemya

May 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Programa ng gobyerno para sa mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya, sapat ba?

House panel eyes additional P5-billion aid for OFWs

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Labor officials estimate that some 500,000 overseas Filipino workers may be out of work by the end of August

LIVES INTERRUPTED. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOLE sees 5 million jobs losses due to pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III agrees that unemployment due to the pandemic could even rise to 10 million

UNEMPLOYMENT TO RISE. Mall visitors pass inside a temperature and disinfection channel at the entrance of Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City as some establishments begin to operate partially after the ease in restriction under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

To 'prevent' layoffs, DOLE allows employers to negotiate wage cuts

May 18, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The government also passes the burden of coronavirus testing to employers

BACK TO WORK. Malls reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Labor group urges lifting of public transport ban during modified ECQ

May 16, 2020 - 6:45 PM

'Companies should provide transportation to workers, but public transportation is really key to enable workers traverse major thoroughfares of Metro Manila,' says Kilusang Mayo Uno

NO PUVS. Vehicle traffic builds up at a checkpoiny along EDSA in Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, the start of the MECQ Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

[OPINION] OFWs and immigrants as milking cows

May 11, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'The disabled Philippine economy largely depends upon OFW and immigrant remittances.... Thus, there’s no reason to treat these 'modern-day heroes' with insensitivity and overtaxation.

[EDITORIAL] Kapag tinatarget ng gobyerno ang isang OFW

May 04, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Saan kumukuha ng kapal ng apog ang mga taga-POLO upang isiping isusuko na lang ng Taiwan si Linn Ordidor dahil hiniling nila ito?

DOLE sets protocols for workplaces operating in quarantine

May 02, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The protocols entail strict record-keeping by employers

WORKERS. A Pasig city health staff swabs a resident for coronavirus. Photo from Mayor Vico Sotto's Facebook page

Workers tighten belts as gov't aid remains uncertain

May 01, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Only a fraction of Filipino workers hit by the pandemic qualify for government aid. DOLE says they no longer have extra funds.

An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

‘Ayuda, hindi bala:’ Filipinos online demand improved gov’t support on Labor Day 2020

May 01, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The lockdown does not stop Filipinos from protesting from home and calling for better government aid amid the coronavirus crisis

Iloilo cops arrest 40 activists protesting murder of Bayan Muna coordinator

May 01, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Bayan Panay says they planned to light a candle where Porquia was killed

[OPINION] May Day under quarantine: Situating labor’s role in navigating the crisis

May 01, 2020 - 3:06 PM

'It is clear that a return to the normal – defined by the primacy of profit over the common good – is untenable, lest we risk further crises down the road'

Cops arrest labor leaders keeping distance during Labor Day protest

May 01, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The police arrest two labor leaders from Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino who staged a protest in a subdivision in Rodriguez, Rizal

ARRESTED. Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino vice president Lito Rastica is arrested by the police in Rizal on Labor Day. Photo from Rastica's Facebook page

[OPINION] The unbearable emptiness of being called heroes in this pandemic

May 01, 2020 - 12:03 PM

'Look closely and see that theirs is not a heroic situation but a hostage-taking situation. We have martyrs, not heroes, trapped within a system that prefers profit over people.'

[OPINION] From hospitals to farms and forests: Stand with our frontline workers

May 01, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'For now, let us take to social media – the broadest unity of trade unions are waving the #RedLaborDay2020 banner this Labor Day on Twitter and Facebook'

[OPINION] New normal? Better normal!

May 01, 2020 - 9:28 AM

'This pandemic has laid bare in the cruelest way, the extraordinary precariousness and injustices of our world of work'

Groups to hold first ever online protests on Labor Day

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:56 PM

Labor groups urge workers to voice out their complaints against the government's slow delivery of aid during the pandemic, as they take their battlecry online

LABOR DAY. In 2019, rival labor groups joined together to stage a political rally to suport #LaborWin protests. This year, they will hold virtual rallies. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOLE's P25-billion coronavirus recovery plan: 1 million jobs, wage subsidy

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The wage subsidy program will cover micro and small enterprises, including those in the gig economy and members of the media

CLOSED. The streets of Quiapo, Manila which is usually full of shoppers looking for cheap electronic goods are in lockdown due to enhanced community quarantine on March 20, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: Groups will hold Labor Day protests on the streets, despite quarantine rules

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:05 AM

The Labor Day protests will be held online or at home through selfies, online programs, and/or noise barrages

Taiwan rejects deportation of OFW critical of Duterte

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:51 PM

News reports from Taiwan quote its foreign ministry as saying that foreign workers enjoy freedom of speech and 'citizen treatment'

PANDEMIC. People wearing protective face masks walk past a cat-shaped lantern during the lunar lanterns festival following the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 8, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

MovePH Webinar: Coronavirus impact on PH employment and workers’ welfare

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Ahead of Labor Day, Rappler will host a webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on local employment

U.N. tells firms to make worker returns safe as lockdowns ease

Apr 28, 2020 - 9:03 AM

Employers should also provide mental health support for staff, ILO says

WORKERS. On April 6, 2020 migrant workers eat their dinner in the closed JP Iscon mall, which is used as temporary shelter during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Ahmedabad. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

DOLE asks Taiwan to deport OFW with Facebook posts criticizing Duterte

Apr 25, 2020 - 8:02 PM

The Philippine government wants Taiwan to deport a Filipina caregiver for her ‘nasty and malevolent’ posts about the President

TAIWAN. The Taiwan National Museum in Taipei. File photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

DOLE approves 45,000 applications for OFW cash aid

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has asked overseas labor offices to be 'flexible' when processing requirements of applicants given their urgent need

A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MovePH Webinar: Coronavirus impact on OFW welfare and employment

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Join us on Tuesday, April 28, at 3 pm

DOLE takes back advisory on ending OFW cash aid in some countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) DOLE describes as 'wrong' its earlier announcement that it has run out of money for OFWs who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic

NO MORE BUDGET. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacanan Palace. Malacanang file photo

Bello suspends Dubai welfare officer over misconduct

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) The suspension comes after the government was accused of repurposing donations into relief packs for Dubai OFWs affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Bello photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

Uzbekistan asks global retailers to lift cotton boycott due to pandemic

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Uzbekistan's labor ministry says 1.5 million Uzbeks are unemployed as a result of lockdown measures and other factors related to the global coronavirus pandemic

A Uzbekistan's cotton grower looks on as she works in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent, on October 24, 2019. - A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. (Photo by Yuri KORSUNTSEV / AFP)

DOLE stops accepting applications for workers' cash aid

Apr 16, 2020 - 3:53 PM

'The requests simply ballooned beyond the capacity of DOLE's resources,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

AID SUSPENSION. An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Over 1 million Filipino workers displaced due to coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment again urges businesses to continue paying their workers during the outbreak

TEMPERATURE CHECK. Employees and visitors of the Manila City Hall wait for their turn to go through a handheld thermal scanner before entering the building as part of the city's precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'State of limbo': Labor groups oppose deployment ban on health workers

Apr 11, 2020 - 3:37 PM

The ban is 'unfair,' especially to workers who already have jobs waiting for them abroad, says the Nagkaisa Labor Coalition

FRONTLINERS. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GUIDELINES: OFWs eligible for DOLE's coronavirus assistance

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Here are the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines for its cash assistance program for OFWs affected by the coronavirus outbreak

HELP FOR OFWs. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOLE to distribute P45.7-million aid to 9,000 displaced workers in Bicol

Apr 03, 2020 - 5:37 PM

About 9,144 applicants of cash aid from the Bicol region will get P5,000 each from the Department of Labor and Employment

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello leads department responsible for aiding workers affected by Luzon Lockdown. file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Worker abuse rampant under Luzon lockdown – labor group

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The labor group gathers reports of unjust employer practices from 318 employees in 160 companies during the coronavirus crisis

LOCKDOWN. Police and military are deployed to impose lockdown over Luzon. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOLE allows firms to defer giving holiday pay for Holy Week

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Payment of holiday pay for April 9, 10, and 11 can be deferred until 'the normal operations of the establishment [are] in place'

HOLIDAY PAY. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that social distancing norms are followed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Why a social dialogue must happen now

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:46 AM

This pandemic has mercilessly exposed the deep fault lines in our labor markets. In a world where only one in 5 people are eligible for unemployment benefits, layoffs spell catastrophe for millions of families.

Task force pushes for P1.5-B financial aid to OFWs, workers hit by lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Filipino workers unable to get to their jobs abroad could receive P10,000, while employees of local companies affected by the coronavirus lockdown may get P5,000 from the government

RUSHING OUT. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Groups slam 'grossly anti-poor' measures for labor during Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'We have toiled so much and are solely responsible for the profits and success of companies, it's about time we are paid back as part of our fair share of the pie during these trying times,' says the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

CORONAVIRUS. People wear face mask for protection from the Covid-19 virus on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler