Jobs rise, unions dip in 2020 — PSA

Employment in enterprises employing at least 20 workers rose as of June 2020, while unionized establishments decreased, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported on Friday. Data from the 2019/2020 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) released on Friday showed total jobs went up by 4.8% to 5.322 million in establishments with 20 or more employees […]

Allies seek to follow US lead on Xinjiang labor

WASHINGTON — US allies appear committed to following Washington’s lead banning forced labor goods from China’s Xinjiang region, a senior US official told Reuters, warning companies they could not maintain “deliberate ignorance” about their supply chains. The US Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) took effect last month to cut US imports of products from […]

Activists, militant groups in Cebu City cry for wage increase, abolition of contractualization, protection of women vs. abuse

ACTIVISTS from labor and militant groups have called for an increase in minimum wage in Central Visayas, abolition of labor contractualization that has spawned short-term employment in the country, and the protection of women against sexual abuse in workplaces.Members of the Alyansa sa mga Mamumuo sa Sugbo-Kilusang Mayo Uno (AMA Sugbo-KMU), Gabriela Women’s Party and […]

Labor groups urge Robredo to include Matula in senatorial slate  

SEVERAL labor groups supporting Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo’s presidential bid next year urged her to give labor leader Jose Sonny G. Matula the last spot in her senatorial slate.   “Being in the opposition is not enough if a candidate is not willing to fight for the people’s agenda,” Center of United and Progressive Workers Deputy Secretary General Joanna Bernice S. Coronacion […]

Timely labor market update up in Dole’s career info website

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has urged students and jobseekers to take advantage of its online database, http://careerinfo.ph for career guidance. In a press release, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the labor department aims to supplement the employment recovery efforts of the government under the National Employment Recovery Strategy by providing accurate […]

Workers say no to air purifiers

A LABOR organization is appealing to Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to reconsider the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 41-2021 which requires employees of air-conditioned and poorly ventilated establishments that are allowed to operate under general community quarantine (GCQ) to wear air purifiers. Partido ng Manggagawa-Cebu spokesman Dennis Derige said they will write to Garcia by […]

Service companies likeliest to report COVID cases

COMPANIES in the service industry were the likeliest to report coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases among their staff, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).  Of the 48,413 establishments the Labor department inspected in the year to date, 4,700 companies reported having COVID-19 cases, mostly in the service sector, Labor Assistant Secretary Ma. […]

GrabFood rider seek reinstatement

One hundred food delivery riders in Cebu dismissed by Grab Philippines on June 28 for alleged fraud have sought their reinstatement by the Labor department.  In a statement, the riders, led by labor group Kapatiran sa Dalawang Gulong, urged the agency to start the research and investigation to create policy standards to protect the gig workers.  The Labor department earlier said it would create a technical working […]

Anti-trafficking efforts lauded but criminal convictions lacking

Philippine efforts against human trafficking were praised in a recent US report, which also flagged the country’s failure to convict trafficking criminals. The country kept its Tier 1 ranking after meeting minimum standards against human trafficking even during a coronavirus pandemic. The US State Department report commended the Philippines for having prosecuted more traffickers. But […]

ADB backs more subsidies to avert long-term damage to PHL labor market

The Philippines needs to support its labor market by incentivizing hiring and introducing unemployment insurance to prevent long-term damage to the work force, Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials said in a blog post. “The pandemic could create long-lasting effects on employment. Put simply, this temporary large shock to the economy might produce a persistently lower […]