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'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

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

[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

[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.

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

[OPINION] The real hostage situation

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'On troll-ridden social media, I expected the security guard to be crucified. But instead, I saw comments not only sympathetic, but even empathetic, to the man'

[ANALYSIS] A workers’ alternative for Hanjin

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:00 PM

It is time to consider workers’ control as a viable antidote for bankrupt private businesses and, more essential, for imagining a new peoples’ economy

[OPINION] Contractualization and the rights of workers

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Let us boycott the products and services of companies that practice illegal forms of contractualization or exploit legal loopholes. This way, we send a clear message that they have no place in our society.

Activists say Chinese police step up use of video 'confessions'

Mar 02, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Student labor activists post new allegations online against police saying they were summoned in the past week for 'meetings' at police stations in Beijing where they were threatened with expulsion and jail

CRACKDOWN. Chinese authorities tighten their grip on student labor activists. File photo by AFP

‘End contractualization’: Sumifru workers spend Christmas at protest camp

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Instead of spending Christmas with their families in Compostela Valley, they build a Christmas tree made out of scraps at their protest camp in Liwasang Bonifacio

[OPINION] Food for thought: Hungry for change

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Please, before we say that we should not politicize food, consider this fact: literally everything we put in our mouths is political, and we haven't even started talking about sex

Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

Labor dispute resolved at Cavite electronics firm

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Lakepower Converter Incorporated agrees to reinstate 64 employees, after the Department of Labor and Employment intervened to settle their dispute

Malacañang: Duterte EO on 'endo' to 'side with labor forces'

Apr 16, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The executive order, which Malacañang previously downplayed, may be finalized by May 1, Labor Day, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Prior to his speech, the President met with leaders from various labor organizations wherein they discussed various labor concerns including contractualization among others. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Labor groups seek wage hike for Central Visayas

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:35 PM

One petition is for an across-the-board daily wage increase of P155.80, while another petition wants an increase of P120

Malacañang: Duterte EO won't end contractualization

Apr 02, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Ending contractualization will require amendments to the Labor Code, something beyond the powers of the executive branch, says Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra

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

Murder shocks Filipinas in Kuwait, but some vow to stay

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

While the murder of Joanna Demafelis rocked the Philippine community in Kuwait, many say they want to remain in the country

REPATRIATED. Filipino workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. Noel Celis/AFP

Ateneo employees stage protest to demand higher wages

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Ateneo Employees and Workers Union argues that the school has enough funds to provide 'reasonable increases' in their wages and benefits

STRIKE. Employees of Ateneo de Manila University staged a protest outside the school grounds to push for better wages and benefits in their collective bargaining agreement. Photo by Micah Rimando/Matanglawin Ateneo

ASEAN leaders to sign commitment on protection of migrant workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:53 PM

ASEAN leaders are set to sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of Rights of Migrant Workers on November 14

DOLE, labor unions eye new EO to stop contractualization

Nov 09, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment is open to creating a joint draft of an executive order against contractualization that would be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte

END CONTRACTUALIZATION. Workers call to prohibit the practice of contractualization rather than regulating it. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump policies at stake in U.S. Supreme Court session

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:47 AM

From Trump's perspective, the most significant case would result in a validation of his decrees limiting immigration, which have faced repeated setbacks in lower courts

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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

Labor groups: Draft order vs contractualization betrays dialogue with Duterte

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says In the meantime there s a law which allows certain forms of contractualization That is what we will implement

STAKEHOLDERS. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III meets with representatives of the labor and employer sectors. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Duterte to meet with labor groups on February 27

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the signing of the department order requiring agencies or contractors to regularize workers will be deferred until after the meeting

NO TO ENDO. Labor groups are set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on February 27 to discuss their proposals in ending labor contractualization. Rappler file photo

GMA-7 talents win illegal dismissal case

Jan 20, 2017 - 1:23 PM

The National Labor Relations Commission orders the network to reinstate the workers and pay them back wages equivalent to the workers monthly salary from their dismissal to their reinstatement

CANDLE-LIGHTING. Candles are lit and prayers offered to raise awareness on widespread contractualization in the country. Photo by Faye Sales

#100DaysofDuterte: The change that came to DSWD

Oct 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

What are the changes that Judy Taguiwalo has introduced to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in her first 100 days in office?

100 DAYS. DSWD Secretary introduces severa changes and new policy directions to the agency, 100 days since she assumed office.

Philippines, Saudis to negotiate over stranded workers

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:26 PM

The first batch of officials would fly to Saudi Arabia on August 10 to provide immediate humanitarian legal and other consular assistance to OFWs

LONG WAIT. OFWs in Saudi Arabia. File photo by AFP/Fayez Nureldine

Duterte to companies: Stop contractualization or I will close you

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Magsunod kayo o ikakansela ko yung permit ninyo Mamili kayo the President warns companies

NO TO 'ENDO.' President Rodrigo Duterte threatens companies with closure if they continue unfair labor practices. File photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Duterte’s slip of the tongue reveals anti-labor, fascist thug

Feb 12, 2016 - 11:09 AM

We will not allow Duterte to hide behind his favorite alibi of hyperbole He had the gall to utter a not so thinly veiled threat to unionism

Ex-Plantersbank workers seek better terms from China Bank Savings

Jan 29, 2016 - 4:28 PM

The labor department is currently overseeing negotiations between the employees and China Bank Savings Inc which is merging with Plantersbank

JOB SECURITY. Members of the Planters Development Bank Employees Association (PDBEA) stage a protest on January 28. All photos from PDBEA

TUCP founder Democrito Mendoza dies

Jan 13, 2016 - 12:37 AM

UPDATED Mendoza is known as one of the founding pillars of the labor movement in the Philippines

LABOR LEADER. Lawyer Democrito Mendoza dedicated 70 years of his life to fight for the rights of laborers in the Philippines. Image from Facebook.

Senate honors ex-Sen. Ernesto Herrera: 'Today's Apolinario Mabini'

Nov 04, 2015 - 3:46 PM

Contemporaries of the late senator Ernesto Herrera heap praises on the true democrat and titan of the Philippine labor movement

CHAMPION OF THE WORKING CLASS. Senate President Franklin Drilon pays tribute to former senator and labor rights advocate Ernesto Herrera on November 4. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar

Aug 01, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speak to workers about their living and working conditions as well as their aspirations for further education

LABOR RIGHTS. US actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie (C-R) and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) meet with factory workers at a women's hostel in the HlaingTharYar township in Yangon, Myanmar, August 1, 2015. Angelina Jolie is on a six days visit to Myanmar as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Filipino workers say US bakery paid only $2 an hour

Mar 22, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Filipino migrant employees sue the owners of L Amande French Bakery for wage theft and human trafficking

Working on a holiday? Here's how to compute your pay

Dec 22, 2014 - 2:00 PM

On regular holidays like Christmas and New Year workers are entitled to receive their daily rate plus cost of living allowance

PTV-4 union officers sacked over SONA rally

Dec 19, 2014 - 8:00 AM

PTEA president Angelina Arguellas describes this period in PTV 4 as rock bottom for labor rights in her 17 years of work with the network

RALLY. PTV-4 employees join a mass demonstration on July 28 to air grievances. All photos courtesy of PTEA

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

Why contractualization should stop

May 01, 2014 - 6:38 PM

Workers say the fight against contractualization encountered both victories and attacks in 2013

Employer of tortured Indonesian maid arrested in HK

Jan 20, 2014 - 10:51 PM

Arrested in an airport the 44 year old housewife was trying to leave for Thailand

JUSTICE FOR ERWIANA. Demonstrators shout slogans during a march in support of an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

US, India reach deal to end feud, count cost of damage

Jan 10, 2014 - 3:46 PM

The deal ends the dispute but forces the US and India to count the cost of its diplomatic row

DIPLOMATIC DEAL. Members of The All India Students Federation (AISF) protest in front of the US consulate in Hyderabad on December 19, 2013, following the arrest of Devyani Khobragade. The US and India recently reached a deal that allowed Khobragade to fly home. AFP PHOTO/STR

Workers find ways: The farm worker

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:45 AM

Farm worker wins lawsuit against hacienda boss in Negros

UPHIL BATTLE. Jolu shares experiences in asserting his rights as sugar farm worker in Negros. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler

Workers find ways: The coop worker

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:45 AM

Young cooperative worker in Negros reflects on her father s murder after a successful and profitable land reform process

THREATS AND SUCCESS. Cherry Pie reflects on her father's murder. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler

Workers find ways: The ship builder

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:30 AM

A ship builder speaks out on workplace safety

SAFETY. Marste speaks out about safety in the workplace. Photo by Daniel Rudin/Rappler

Workers find ways: The factory technician

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Factory technician slams Coke s performance rating system as a union busting scheme

June of Federation of Coca Cola Unions

Larry Itliong, the 'forgotten US labor fight hero'

Oct 21, 2012 - 10:14 PM

It was actually the Filipinos led by labor activist Larry Itliong that led to the creation of the pioneering farm labor union in the US

Hiring ban spurs 'maids for rent' in Middle East

Jul 17, 2012 - 12:28 PM

The maids for rent have no contract and therefore no rights in the Middle East

Taiwan diplomat suspended for abusing 2 Filipina maids

Jul 06, 2012 - 5:07 PM

A senior Taiwanese diplomat admitted he mistreated 2 Filipino housekeepers