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January 14, 2016

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Solidarity with Belgian workers

 

 

Read the January 2016 issue of KMU Correspondence, the official newsletter of Kilusang Mayo Uno!

 

LOCAL SECTION

 

Article - 2016.01.15 No.2Veto of SSS Pension Hike, hit by workers — We condemn Pres. Noynoy Aquino for vetoing the SSS pension hike. He has again shown that he is heartless (#WalangPuso) towards SSS pensioners, workers and all Filipinos. He has again shown that hardworking Filipinos are being run over by corruption, patronage and pro-business bias in his so-called Daang Matuwid (Straight Path). View Article >

Aquino brought giant ballpen for SSS pension hike — Carrying an effigy of a ballpen, workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno marched to Mendiola to call on Pres. Noynoy Aquino to sign a bill that will raise Social Security System pensions by P2,000 across-the-board. View Article >

Layoff of 44 flat glass workers hit — National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemns the retrenchment of 44 workers in a Japanese-owned flat glass factory in Pasig City, claiming AGC Flat Glass Philippines is trying to bust the workers’ union which is fighting for the regularization of contractuals. View Article >

New Year layoffs in business tycoon’s bank denounced — National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemns the illegal dismissal of 11 employees of Planters Development Bank owned by business tycoon Henry Sy, claiming the company is trying to prevent employees from getting a better Collective Bargaining Agreement and maintaining their union. View Article >

Article - 2016.01.15 No.1After Kentex fire, justice delayed, denied — January 13, marks the eight month since the Kentex factory fire which claimed the lives of more than 74 workers. Despite the clear violations of occupational safety and health standards that resulted in the gruesome death of many workers, justice remains elusive for the victims’ families and the survivors. View Article >

 

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

 

Rally of Ten Thousand at Washington, DC: Black Lives Matter, Justice or Else! — by Nick Eusebio — Tens of thousands rallied on October 10th at the White House to protest the police violence and economic marginalization faced by the majority poor/working-class Black, brown and indigenous citizens of the United States. The event bore the name “Justice or Else!” and was assembled in response to a call by Black religious and social leader Louis Farrakhan. It is widely-recognized, however, that the impressive turnout is due, in great part, to the momentum sustained now for over two years by a diverse set of activists and organizations, the most prominent being Black Lives Matter, which has helped to build a social movement to fight back against police killings of Black Americans. View Article >

PH govt’s puppet role in WTO ministerial slammed — National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno slams the Philippine government for serving as a puppet of big foreign capitalists in the 10th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization in Nairobi, Kenya by supposedly championing the interest of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises or MSMEs. View Article >

New WTO pact on ICT condemned by PH workers — National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemns the approval, in the 10th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization in Nairobi, Kenya, of a new agreement that is set to eliminate tariffs on new Information and Communication Technology products. View Article >

APEC declaration: intensifying war vs. workers, peoples of the world — The “23rd Declaration of APEC Leaders” is no less than a declaration of intensifying war against the workers and peoples of the world. View Article >

Article - 2016.01.15 COP21COP21: Anger and Hope — by Jerome Adonis (KMU Secretary General) — Many have praised the COP21 Agreement as “historic,” but while I was following the conference’s closing discussions, I found myself wondering: historic in what sense? My experience of taking part in several protests at COP21 in Paris was truly inspiring. But the agreement itself is a source of frustration and anger. View Article >

 

 

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