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The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week
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
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
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
US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children
The labor secretary insists the OFWs in Saudi Arabia sorted for themselves food rejected by groceries, not actual garbage
'In the Philippines, union members are particularly at risk of violence, intimidation and murder,' says the International Trade union Confederation
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'Bringing back some jobs will also hinge on the government’s ability — nay, willingness — to implement mass or widespread testing'
'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.'
Most of the stranded Filipino workers are in the Middle East, says the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday, May 31
Labor groups also report that workers are getting pay cuts of as much as 25% during quarantine
Programa ng gobyerno para sa mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya, sapat ba?
Labor officials estimate that some 500,000 overseas Filipino workers may be out of work by the end of August
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III agrees that unemployment due to the pandemic could even rise to 10 million
The government also passes the burden of coronavirus testing to employers
'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
'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.
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The protocols entail strict record-keeping by employers
Only a fraction of Filipino workers hit by the pandemic qualify for government aid. DOLE says they no longer have extra funds.
The lockdown does not stop Filipinos from protesting from home and calling for better government aid amid the coronavirus crisis
Bayan Panay says they planned to light a candle where Porquia was killed
'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'
The police arrest two labor leaders from Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino who staged a protest in a subdivision in Rodriguez, Rizal
'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.'
'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'
'This pandemic has laid bare in the cruelest way, the extraordinary precariousness and injustices of our world of work'
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
The wage subsidy program will cover micro and small enterprises, including those in the gig economy and members of the media
The Labor Day protests will be held online or at home through selfies, online programs, and/or noise barrages
News reports from Taiwan quote its foreign ministry as saying that foreign workers enjoy freedom of speech and 'citizen treatment'
Ahead of Labor Day, Rappler will host a webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on local employment
Employers should also provide mental health support for staff, ILO says
The Philippine government wants Taiwan to deport a Filipina caregiver for her ‘nasty and malevolent’ posts about the President
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has asked overseas labor offices to be 'flexible' when processing requirements of applicants given their urgent need
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(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
(UPDATED) The suspension comes after the government was accused of repurposing donations into relief packs for Dubai OFWs affected by the coronavirus pandemic
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
'The requests simply ballooned beyond the capacity of DOLE's resources,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
The Department of Labor and Employment again urges businesses to continue paying their workers during the outbreak
The ban is 'unfair,' especially to workers who already have jobs waiting for them abroad, says the Nagkaisa Labor Coalition
Here are the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines for its cash assistance program for OFWs affected by the coronavirus outbreak
About 9,144 applicants of cash aid from the Bicol region will get P5,000 each from the Department of Labor and Employment
The labor group gathers reports of unjust employer practices from 318 employees in 160 companies during the coronavirus crisis
Payment of holiday pay for April 9, 10, and 11 can be deferred until 'the normal operations of the establishment [are] in place'
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.
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
'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