Labor department assures ILO mission action plans will be drawn to address workers’ concerns 

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has assured the International Labor Organization (ILO), which currently has a high-level mission in the Philippines to look into the government’s compliance with international labor conventions, that action plans are being discussed to address workers’ concerns.    In a statement published on Monday evening, DoLE said Labor Secretary Bienvenido […]

Labor groups report PHL govt’s rights violations vs workers to ILO mission

By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter  PHILIPPINE TRADE unions submitted a joint report on Monday to the International Labor Organization (ILO) on recent human rights violations and cases of harassment against workers and union organizers.   In the 155-page report, the groups highlighted what they called the consistent failure of the Philippine government to comply with […]

On Bonifacio Day: Workers rally for wage hike as Marcos hails them as ‘modern-day heroes’ 

A SENATOR on Wednesday urged the government to develop a comprehensive labor and compensation plan, backing workers and activists who held a rally on Wednesday to push for better wages as the Philippines commemorated the birth anniversary of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.   President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., meanwhile, hailed workers as the country’s “modern-day heroes” […]

Gabriela denounces arrest of another labor organizer 

GABRIELA Women’s Party-list denounced the recent arrest of labor organizer Benjamin “Banjo” Cordero, saying the current government under President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. is continuing the past administration’s repression of political critics.    “(We) strongly denounce the arrest of labor organizer Benjamin “Banjo” Cordero last night at around 11:40 pm based on a trumped-up case of […]

Telecommuting Law IRR amended to accommodate widespread WFH adoption

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it adjusted the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Telecommuting Law (Republic Act 11165) to account for the broader adoption of work-from-home (WFH) arrangements during and after the pandemic. In a statement on Sunday, the department said Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma signed the revised IRR […]

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 […]