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Peru McDonald's fined $250,000 after worker deaths

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Two employees, both aged 18, die while cleaning a faulty soda machine at a McDonald's branch in Pueblo Libre, Peru

FINED. A franchise owner of Mcdonald's in Peru is fined after two workers were electrocuted to death.

House OKs bill requiring universities to teach workers' rights

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would integrate labor education into the mandatory social science subjects under the general education curriculum

ENDING ENDO. Various workers'  groups stage a protest to call for the end of labor contractualization on August 26, 2019. Fie photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH, Nepal human rights bodies vow stronger cooperation on migrant workers' rights

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the partnership is 'more than welcome' as the Philippines and Nepal are two countries facing challenges when it comes to foreign labor

PH still among world's 'worst' countries to work in – report

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) 'Despite the collective efforts to achieve better wages and working conditions, there was a rise in repression, intimidation, and discrimination faced by working people,' says the International Trade Union Confederation

LABOR DAY. Workers march in the streets of Manila on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to demand better conditions for the labor sector. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Siblings held over Indonesian maid death in Malaysia

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Police identify the victim as a 21-year-old called Adelina who had been working in Malaysia for two years

Pact on migrant workers' rights is PH gift to ASEAN

Nov 11, 2017 - 12:19 AM

This 'is a centerpiece of the Philippine chairmanship' of ASEAN, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

MIGRANT WORKERS. A consensus on migrant workers' rights 'is a centerpiece of the Philippine chairmanship' of ASEAN, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

'Legal' contractualization still allowed in new DOLE order

Mar 16, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says only Congress not the Department of Labor and Employment can completely ban contractualization

NEW ORDER. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III signs the new order that sets the rules on labor contracting and subcontracting. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

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DOLE: 10,532 workers regularized so far under Duterte admin

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:15 PM

We are on track in our objective to reduce illegitimate contractualization practices and endo by 50 by the end of 2016 and abolishing it by 2017 says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

Why contractualization is bad for everyone, not just for workers

Oct 02, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Herbert Docena: Contractualization actually enables capitalists to pay workers less for the same work stunt economic development and therefore harm the interests of all Filipinos – including of capitalists themselves

New law bars employers from hiring workers based on age

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The Anti Age Discrimination in Employment Act seeks to promote equality in the workplace by mandating companies to hire workers based on their competence and not on their age

AGE DOESN'T MATTER. Companies are now prohibited from rejecting job applicants on the basis of their age under the 'Anti-Age Discrimination Law'.

Fort McMurray foreign workers may have to leave Canada

May 08, 2016 - 4:40 AM

Among the 100 000 evacuees are almost two dozen distraught migrant workers who make it to a government shelter in Edmonton Alberta s capital

WILDFIRES. A handout photograph made available by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Alberta (RCMP) dated 05 May 2016 showing a RCMP policeman walking along a fire devistated street in Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada. Photo by RCMP Alberta/EPA

Misamis Oriental workers seek end to contractualization

May 01, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Labor leaders say workers do not feel the effects of the Philippines economic growth

END CONTRACTUALIZATION. A laborer and union member from the Bagong Buhay Arastre and Stevedoring, Inc. calls demands for the govenrment to strictly implement fair labor practices. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Labor Day cry: 'End contractualization, raise wages'

May 01, 2016 - 2:42 PM

On Labor Day militant workers call the Aquino administration a butcher of jobs as they challenge presidential bets to abolish contractualization and raise wages

Labor groups ask SC to abolish regional wage boards

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The Wage Rationalization Act has led to different minimum wages in the regions as determined by their respective wage boards causing inequality among workers

EQUAL MINIMUM WAGE? Labor groups go to the Supreme Court to ask for the abolition of regional boards that set varying wages, and instead pushes for national minimum wage rates. File photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Hold on to your passport – if you can

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:39 PM

The sponsorship system in Saudi Arabia is a form of modern day slavery

Kentex factory and the economy death trap

May 21, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The Kentex factory has been described as a death trap when it is merely symbolic of our economic system – the real death trap

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

Turkish miners march on parliament to demand better conditions

Jul 16, 2014 - 11:24 PM

The tragedy at the Soma mine in May reignited concerns over lax safety in Turkey a country with the highest number of mining deaths in Europe

WORKERS' RIGHTS. Turkish miners, who survived the May 2014 devastating coalmine blast of Soma, take to the streets for a protest against the government in Ankara on June 16, 2014. Photo by AFP/Adem Altan

Netizens outraged over 'racist' ad depicting Filipina maid in HK

Jun 18, 2014 - 3:15 PM

Migrant rights advocates are demanding an apology from HK based Hong Leong Insurance for its most recent advertisement

Palace praises PH-sponsored reso protecting migrant workers

Jan 02, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Malacañang says the resolution was prompted by the need to extend protection to thousands of Filipina migrant workers

Kasambahay Law knocks on Filipino homes

Jun 12, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Many kasambahays live in vicious cycles of fear uncertainty and despondence The new Kasambahay Law hopes to change that

Weekly rest, better conditions in treaty for domestic workers

Sep 06, 2012 - 12:48 PM

The Philippines becomes 2nd country to ratify treaty to protect domestic workers rights

Samsung violates Chinese workers' rights

Sep 05, 2012 - 7:23 AM

Samsung forces employees at its Chinese factories to work up to 5 times the legal overtime limit