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Workers forgotten in SONA? TUCP says labor not Duterte's policy priority

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says there were no marching orders from the President on 'matters that concern the daily lives of workers'

NEVER TO GIVE UP. Members of progressive organizations in the Cordillera march alone business district of Baguio lead the fight against the decades-old challenges and attack to their cultural identity and existence amidst the labelling by the government on them as communist fronts in celebration of Labor Day May 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

AFP sends soldiers to 'prevent chaos' at Japanese-owned banana plantation

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The Eastern Mindanao Command says the deployment was upon the request of the Department of Labor and Employment in Region 11 'for peacekeeping assistance' in the Sumifru plantation

ON STRIKE. Workers on strike outside the Sumifru company in Compostela Valley. Photo from the Namasufa-Naflu-Kmu Facebook page

DOLE's Dominador Say would've been fired if he didn't resign – Roque

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'I was told already that he was the next on the chopping block,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, adding that this was due to alleged corruption

DOLE Usec Dominador Say resigns

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Undersecretary for Employment and Policy Support Dominador Say steps down amid the ongoing talks to end contractualization

LABOR. DOLE Undersecretary for Employment Dominador Say and Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a press conference in August 2017. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Keeping 'endo' alive: DOLE’s Department Order No. 174

Mar 22, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The labor department s dilly dallying is in stark contrast to the President’s consistent and unequivocal stand against contractualization

NO CONTRACTUALIZATION. Labor groups want all forms of contractualization to be prohibited. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

DOLE order ending contractualization expected in February

Feb 04, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III wants to sign the department order on Valentine s Day February 14

NO TO ENDO. Workers belonging to the Nagkaisa Coalition march to Mendiola in Manila on January 4, 2016 to call on the government to end the practice of contractualization. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

House panel OKs 100-day paid maternity leave

Oct 28, 2016 - 7:59 PM

House Bill 4113 also seeks to allow soon to be mothers to seek an additional 30 day leave without pay

FOR MOTHERS. House Bill Number 4113 hurdles the House committee on women and gender equality.

Duterte urged: Help 200,000 undocumented OFWs in China

Oct 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Most of these undocumented OFWs are working as household workers and private tutors says ACTS OFW Representative John Bertiz

HELP OFWS. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz (far left) wants President Rodrigo Duterte to help undocumented OFWs in China. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cacdac is new OWWA chief

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Claro Arellano a justice department prosecutor will replace Hans Cacdac at the POEA

Faeldon to BOC employees: I will review your compensation

Jul 09, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon tells Customs employees There are many rumors outside the Bureau of Customs We will give you the benefit of the doubt I believe that you are all honest

EMPLOYEES' PAY. Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon gives a promise to his employees.

‘Filipinos are working hard but remain poor’ – World Bank

Jun 17, 2016 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED The jobs available are not meeting the aspirations of Filipino youth entering the labor market says World Bank lead economist Jan Rutkowski

BETTER SKILLS, BETTER JOBS. A Philippine Airlines plane flies over a Filipino laborer at a construction site in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines on June 17. According to the World Bank'd latest study, higher investments in skills and education, and flexible labor rules can help reduce poverty among workers in the Philippines. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

PH labor mismatch due to lack of jobs road map – advocates

Mar 30, 2016 - 6:25 PM

A recent Department of Labor and Employment study shows 3 out of 4 locally employed Filipinos prefer jobs in their home region instead of another part of the country

JOBS MISMATCH. Filipinos' lack of skills for available jobs continue to haunt the labor sector. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

UAE eases labor rules for expats

Jan 31, 2016 - 12:48 AM

While the policy changes are good for all foreign workers not just Filipinos implementation is another thing says Philippine Ambassador Constancio Vingno Jr

DOLE to employers: Give 13th month pay by Dec 24

Dec 01, 2015 - 3:23 PM

Gov t also sets a moratorium on the implementation of the Labor Laws Compliance System in NCR

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. The labor department reminds workers of their right to their 13th month pay. File photo by AFP

Duterte on contractualization: Not for a country like PH

Nov 28, 2015 - 6:00 PM

If those who have money won t accept this then you campaign against me says Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

NO TO CONTRACTUALIZATION. Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte plans to abolish labor contractualization should he be elected  as president. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Women candidates: Employment will empower Pinays

Nov 26, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Si nanay ang nag aaruga sa bawat isa Pero si nanay ay may mga sariling pangarap din senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros says

WOMEN IN GOV'T. From left to right: Iloilo District 4 representative candidate Mitch Monfort-Bautista, senatorial candidates Princess Jacel Kiram and Toots Ople, broadcaster and forum moderator Ces Drilon, Senate bets Lorna Kapunan and Risa Hontiveros, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Labor council under Office of the President wants K to 12 suspended

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A council within the National Anti Poverty Commission says K to 12 is a breakthrough in Philippine education but many labor issues need to be resolved first

SUSPEND K TO 12. In this file photo, protesters are calling for the suspension of the K to 12 program, which is expected to displace thousands of workers in 2016. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler Photo by Jeol Leporada/Rappler

SONA 2015: Fewer labor strikes under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:49 PM

A labor group attributes the lower number of strikes to aggressive union busting

PROTEST. Labor groups protest in front of the labor department during the Global Day of Action for the Right to Strike, February 18 2015. Photo from Kilusang Mayo Uno

Domestic worker abuse in HK continues – NGO

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:17 AM

There is a marked increase in the number of physical abuse cases reported to the Mission from 3 6 of total reported cases in 2013 to 9 in 2014

SEEKING JUSTICE. A group of protesters outside the courthouse in support of Indonesian former maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in Hong Kong on February 10, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

OFWs want Overseas Employment Certificate scrapped

Apr 04, 2015 - 10:01 PM

What is this all important document that OFWs are so desperate to get? It s what they are required to produce at Philippine airports to prove they are OFWs entitled to travel tax exemption and terminal fee refunds

Ex-labor attaché to HK 'probably guilty' – PH lawmakers

Mar 19, 2015 - 8:30 PM

A fact finding committee report released on September 29 prompts the probe into the Philippines ex labor attaché to Hong Kong Manuel Roldan

Going to work abroad? Don't leave as tourist – POEA

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:09 PM

Hans Leo Cacdac warns OFWs not to accept job offers abroad if they are asked to leave using tourist visas

Retail giant Wal-Mart to raise wages for US staff

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:12 PM

The retail giant cites fourth quarter earnings as the reason for boosting their employees wages

Panama Canal claims $737M in cost overruns

Dec 27, 2014 - 9:08 AM

Workers at the Panama Canal have been on strike since Tuesday December 23

PANAMA CANAL. The eighth and last of the new gates for the extension to be placed on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal is moved, through the waterway, which is operational since 1914 and whose expansion works are about 80% finished, in Miraflores, Panama, December 10, 2014. Photo by EPA

Pakistan massacre, Bilibid VIPs, dirty money | The wRap

Dec 17, 2014 - 7:30 PM

The Taliban massacre 141 in a school in Pakistan On prison VIPs – the Palace says it can’t be fixed overnight The Philippines is the 15th largest exporter of dirty money

Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues

Dec 12, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The Philippine labor chief says the nature of the job of household service workers HSWs in the UAE give them a very high exposure to exploitation

When a cultural program becomes exploitation

Aug 30, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The au pair program invites young Filipinos for a cultural experience in Europe but some end up exploited and abused

Debt bondage: The scourge of OFWs

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Some flee but even in the Philippines the collectors hound them

Biggest challenge for Filipino nurses in Dubai? Language

Jul 30, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Language is a common cause of misunderstanding between employers and OFWs in the United Arab Emirates

Japan firm requiring Filipino workers to waive death claims

Jul 13, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Filipino workers are being asked to absolve the company of responsibility should they die in Japan

HK editor and Rappler columnist named outstanding UP alum

May 26, 2014 - 5:45 PM

HK based journalist and Rappler columnist will receive her award during the General Alumni Faculty Homecoming and Reunion on June 21 in UP Diliman

HK Labor Department probes abuse of Filipino migrant worker

May 17, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Uychiat s case reinforces the claim that slavery of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong is the rule rather than the exception

The Delano Manongs: America's forgotten labor heroes

May 02, 2014 - 10:51 PM

In the farm labor movement in America a crucial cast of characters lies in history’s shadows: the Filipino farmworkers the manongs who worked on vineyards in Delano California

CONVERSATIONS: Is working abroad still the best option?

May 01, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Are the sacrifices of OFWs being made in vain? Is sending workers abroad really a sustainable solution to keeping the Philippine economy alive? Share your thoughts in our live blog or tweet using Balikbayan

HK domestic workers: A tribute to true heroes

May 01, 2014 - 8:22 PM

Their struggles do not speak well of how our country nurture its youths but they are a testament to the best of Filipino values

Pentagon Steel workers stage picket

Jun 15, 2013 - 3:14 PM

Union members accuse management of Pentagon Steel of violating their Collective Bargaining Agreement

Boyong Estacio plays a game of chess at the Pentagon Steel picket

The PLDT-Digitel hunger strike continues

May 28, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Alexis Valdez of the Digitel Employees Union is on his 5th day of a hunger strike intended to push for the reinstatement of employees affected by the PLDT Digitel merger

Alexis Valdez on the 5th day of his hunger strike

Global trend: part-time, precarious jobs

May 01, 2012 - 5:48 PM

The International Labor Organization says 40 countries reduced employee protection