Workers in the Philippines are fighting to protect the eight-hour workday.
"Multinational and big local corporations already score huge profit from eight hours of labor. Forcing workers to toil for more than eight hours only serves corporate greed."
Filipino workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) held a nationwide protest against the iron-fisted policies of President Duterte. One of the policy changes being railroaded by the government is a bill seeking to change the eight-hour workday to 12 hours. The bill packaged as Compressed Workweek (CWW), will result to wage cuts, massive lay-offs, heavier workload and increased health and safety violations.
Longer working hours and labor flexibilization schemes have been pushed by previous presidents adhering to US neoliberal policies. Multinational and big local corporations approve labor flexibilization because it will increase their profit. Such economic policies are likely to be given passage by Pres. Duterte whose brazen and erratic policy moves gravely affect workers and people.
MWAP-IndustriALL participates in the Oct 7 global day of action by joining the series of protests held nationwide in the Philippines since yesterday against the passage of the Compressed Workweek Bill.
" We cannot bring back the time lost for our children. If we workers spend longer working hours in the factory, how are we supposed to take care of and guide our children. We must protect the 8-hour workday."
The Philippine government's fast-track efforts to institutionalize the 12-hour work day in a bill called the Compressed Workweek (CWW) meets the ire of Filipino workers.
Export-processing zone workers stress that longer working hours would lead to redundancy and lay-offs. It would also mean longer exposure chemicals which could be affect workers' health.
Argentina SIGTUR congress will be to direct the debates and actions towards the issue of the transformation of work, and the role trade unions and workers play in a new scenario
Trade union confederations from 9 countries met in Bangkok on July 6th and 7th for the Regional Coordinating meeting of the Southern Initiative on Globalization and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR). The meeting was attended by unions from Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and India.
The challanges of the trade union movement in these countries was discussed, with a common context of advancing neoliberal policies that affect workers’ rights in particular. The struggles carried out from the trade union movement were presented by each member country, reinforcing the need to connect these fights between organizations throughout the global south.