MERGE The Bayan-KMU-NFSW rally was capped with the torching of effigies of presidents Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte at the Bacolod public plaza at noon yesterday.* (Andy Alvarez photo)


Duterte inks ‘endo’ EO
but still burned in effigy
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ & MARK L. GARCIA

President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement on Labor Day that he signed an executive order banning illegal contracting or subcontracting did not stop protestors from torching his effigy and smashing his face at rallies in Bacolod City yesterday.

The Department of Labor and Employment said the EO against all forms of illegal contractualization signed by Duterte yesterday will guide Congress in drafting a bill that will revise labor laws.

The EO is the version of the President, and not of the employers or labor groups, Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod said. moremoremore


Workers air outrage on Labor Day
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros workers marked Labor Day yesterday by airing their outrage against alleged failed promises, anti-worker polices, tyrannical rule, gross trade union and human rights violations, and no real wage increase under President Rodrigo Duterte.

“There has been no real increase in wages since Duterte became president. Instead of a substantial wage hike, Duterte gave us price hikes through the notorious TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) law,” Michael Dela Concepcion, Bayan Negros secretary general, said at a rally at the Bacolod public Plaza.

The gap between the current minimum wage levels and the estimated family living wage has grown ever wider, he said, stressing that their demand is for a national minimum wage of P750 daily. moremoremore

 

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DOLE NegOcc, partners
sign MOA vs. child labor
BY MARK L. GARCIA & MAX MACAHILO

About 2,500 Negrenses joined a walk-for-a-cause from the provincial Capitol Lagoon to the Bacolod Government Center for child labourers early morning yesterday, initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment to mark the 116 th Labor Day.

DOLE regional director Johnson Cañete said about 2,500 participated in Negros Occidental, 500 from Iloilo, and 300 from Guimaras. He added he was still waiting for the report from the other provinces as of press time.

Neg. Occ. provincial director Agnes Capigon said the event aims to make the public know that unity is needed to eliminate child labor in the province.