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[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?

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

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

On Labor Day, rival groups ask voters to elect senators who 'truly' represent workers

May 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Labor groups with varying political ideologies gather to express support for pro-worker senatorial candidates – a show of unity that they describe as 'historic'

LABOR DAY. Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno march to Mendiola, Manila as part of their Labor Day activity on May 1, 2019. Phoyo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

On Labor Day, 6 Filipino workers share what they love about their jobs

May 01, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Rappler asks workers what they find special about their jobs

IN PHOTOS: Protests on Labor Day 2019

May 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Thousands of workers march on Labor Day, calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to listen to their pleas and fulfill his campaign promise

A protester in a Spiderman suit holds a poster during the Labor Day protest in Mendiola, Manila on May 1, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Militant groups demand pay hike, crackdown on illegal Chinese workers on Labor Day

May 01, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Protesters in Bacolod City burn the effigy of President Duterte depicted as Sauron, the dark lord in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy

LABOR DAY PROTEST. Militant groups in Negros Occidental join the nationwide Labor Day protests on May 1, 2019. Photo by by Marchel Espina/Rappler

On Labor Day, Duterte tells Congress to pass security of tenure bills

May 01, 2019 - 10:13 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Congress to pass measures that 'fully protect our workers' rights, especially to security of tenure and self-organization'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after witnessing the exchange of business agreements between Filipino and Chinese investors at the Grand Hyatt Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] This subclass human existence of our workers

May 01, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'Protests are significant today to fight not for special conditions, but to fight for humane situations; not to complain, but to assert rights and to end this subclass human existence of our workers'

Photos from Shutterstock and Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: April 28-May 4, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BIRTHDAY SUIT. A photo posted by TV host Troy Montero on his Instagram on May 2, 2018, shows him with long time partner Aubrey Miles enjoy the beach while posing naked in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Instagram.com/troymontero

LOOK: Duterte's executive order on contractualization

May 02, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Executive Order 51, released in full on May 2, does not declare direct hiring as the norm in labor arrangements, which groups said would have made it a 'landmark' measure

Labor day 2018 marked by workers historic and outrage vs the facist Duterte regime. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Thousands looking for work pack Labor Day job fairs

May 01, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Despite the difficulties in the venue, there was still a big turnout of job applicants

QC Job Fair on Labor Day 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Employers' group to comply with Duterte EO despite 'reservations'

May 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'ECOP finds worrisome the exact definition of security of tenure, among others.... [But] employers will live with it and comply,' says the Employers Confederation of the Philippines

ON LABOR DAY. Hundreds of job seekers trooped to Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to look for job opportunities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

What brought workers, students to Labor Day 2018 rally

May 01, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Some of them have been contractual workers for decades; some are students who want fair labor practices when they finally work

THE MESSAGE. Ash Mercado, 20, shows off her face paint, which reads, "End Endo," at the Labor Day rally in Mendiola, Manila, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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May 01, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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'Walang silbi': Labor groups reject Duterte's EO vs endo

May 01, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Metro Manila roads turn red on Labor Day, as thousands of protesters brought to Mendiola their crushed hopes of ending contractualization under the Duterte administration

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The disappearing jobs of yesterday

May 01, 2018 - 4:47 PM

AFP speaks to men and women around the globe whose jobs are becoming increasingly rare, particularly as technology transforms societies

Duterte signs executive order on endo

May 01, 2018 - 10:48 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The executive order, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day, includes a 'prohibition against illegal contracting and subcontracting'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Expect heavy traffic in these Manila areas due to Labor Day activities

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Here are alternate routes going to Mendiola and the US Embassy areas

8,000 protesters, 10,000 cops expected in NCR Labor Day activities

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Kilusang Mayo Uno spokesperson Sammy Malunes says 3 groups will be gathering as early as 5 am in 3 three key points in Manila, and will march toward Mendiola

CLENCHED FISTS. Labor leaders (from left)  Sammy Malunes of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, Alan Tanjusay of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Dyul Cainglet of the Federation of Free Workers, and Sonny Matula of the Federation of Free Workers discuss their groups’ Labor Day plans with Tapatan sa Aristocrat moderator Melo Acuña (extreme left) on Monday, April 30. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gearing up for Labor Day

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Groups stage a creative protest calling for an end to ENDO on the eve of Labor Day

WARM-UP. Protesters hold a pre-Labor Day protest in Quezon City on April 30, 2018 to call for an end to ENDO.

LIST: Labor Day 2018 activities around the country

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Several protests and activities are lined up on Tuesday, May 1, to celebrate Labor Day

Labor groups light candles to call for better working conditions ahead of May 1

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:43 PM

ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay urges Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to work harder to ensure safer and healthier workplaces for Filipino laborers

REMEMBERING. Union workers light candles to remember their colleagues who died or got injured due to work accidents. Photo from Alan Tanjusay's Facebook page

Over 140,000 vacancies in job fairs on May 1 – DOLE

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:32 PM

A total of 37 job fairs will be held in different parts of the country on Labor Day, mostly in Metro Manila and Region 3, says the Department of Labor and Employment

JOB-HUNTING. Thousands of job seekers packed the Quezon City Hall on May 1, 2017, to seek job opportunities at the Department of Labor and Employment Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Nearly 80,000 jobs available in Labor Day fairs – DOLE

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) More than 800 employers will participate in job fairs to be held across the Philippines on May 1

Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2017

May 02, 2017 - 11:11 AM

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Duterte to crack down on private companies using gov't lands

May 01, 2017 - 9:35 PM

If you don t give back the land to the government then I will ask the Filipino people to occupy the lands that are in your hands the President tells oligarchs

AGAINST OLIGARCHS. Prior to his Labor Day speech, the President met with leaders from various labor organizations to discuss contractualization. Presidential photo

IN PHOTOS: Protests, job fairs also mark Labor Day in the provinces

May 01, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Here are the scenes and the voices from Northern Luzon Southern Luzon and Northern Mindanao

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte to sign EO vs 'endo'

May 01, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The President says the government will deputize trade union leaders as labor inspectors to fast track the crackdown on companies that practice endo

Workers group under the Nagkaisa coalition march to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, to call for an End of Contractualization (ENDO). Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Various sectors hold Labor Day Protest at Liwasang Bonifacio

May 01, 2017 - 7:20 PM

UPDATED From factory to health workers from farmers to government employees laborers march under the heat of the sun from Welcome Rotonda to Liwasang Bonifacio protesting for their labor rights

You know labor unions, but do you know Isabelo de los Reyes?

May 01, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The writer labor activist Aglipayan church founder and politician from Vigan Ilocos Sur started the tradition of honoring the workers every May 1

Isabelo delos Reyes

WATCH: Duterte attends Labor Day celebration in Davao City

May 01, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Watch President Rodrigo Duterte during the Labor Day celebration in Davao City

Makabayan bloc calls for national minimum wage

May 01, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate challenges the President to make real his promise lifting the workers from the bondage of exploitation

LABOR DAY PROTEST. Thousands of Kadamay members march in Quezon City on May 1, calling for an end to contractualization and an increase to the daily minimum wage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte’s best gift to labor

May 01, 2017 - 11:16 AM

More than any surprise package the President announces on Labor Day today it is the real end of contractualization that will make a difference to the working class

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 1, 2017

May 01, 2017 - 10:18 AM

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Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Labor Day tribute to a migrant mother

May 01, 2017 - 6:30 AM

I dream of the day when we can all be together again overseas Filipino worker Norma Brion tells her children

Laboracay 2017 seen to draw 67,000 tourists

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Local officials remind those headed to Boracay for the long Labor Day weekend to keep the island clean after partying

FAMOUS SUNSET. Boracay's fiery skies are postcard-perfect. File photo by Zyllah Gatchalian

Duterte has 'surprise' for workers on Labor Day – Bello

Apr 26, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says President Rodrigo Duterte will make an announcement on May 1 regarding possible benefits for workers

SURPRISE. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III says President Rodrigo Duterte has a 'surprise' in store for laborers on May 1. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pangasinan holds first-ever night job fair

May 03, 2016 - 7:08 PM

Around 3 000 job vacancies from 5 overseas and 16 local companies are made available during the night job fair on May 1

HOPEFUL. Applicants examine employment opportunities at the Pangasinan Night Job Fair. Image courtesy Jerico Samson