Monthly Archives: December 2010

LEARN Family Day 2010 Deemed a Success

LEARN believes that as the basic unit of society, the family will reap the fruits of the struggles of the labor and other social movements. Involving in various ways with this struggle, family members would be able to appreciate what their parents and siblings are doing in unions and other related organizations.

Some six hundred (600) people from various sets of union leaders and members, including their selected family members, took part in the said gathering, which was full of educational and recreational activities for the whole family.

LEARN Conducts Financial Management Seminar for Officers of Workers’ Cooperatives

The Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN), in cooperation with the Federation of Cooperatives of Workers’ Organizations (FedCoWorkers), hosted a Financial Management Seminar on December 2-3, 2010 at the LEARN Workers’ House in Quezon City.

The seminar sought to address the difficulties in handling financial problems faced by cooperatives within the federative framework of FedCo, a newly-registered federation of cooperatives in the Philippines.

LEARN played a huge part in the federation’s registration and initial undertakings.

Labor Group Hosts Asia Regional Network Meeting

The Alliance of Progressive Labor, in cooperation with the Olof Palme International Center (OPIC), conducted this year’s Asia Regional Network Meeting on December 1-3, 2010 at the LEARN Workers’ House in Quezon City. The event featured different groups and organizations from select Asian countries like Pakistan, Burma, China and the Philippines.

APL is a close local partner of LEARN in its various labor education activities.

Labor Group Challenged PNoy: Reveal Hard Policies that Would Lead to Full Employment

“Where are the hard policies that would generate regular and quality jobs?”

This is the question posed by workers belonging to the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) who trooped to Mendiola on the occasion of the celebration of the 147th birthday of the great proletarian hero Gat Andres Bonifacio on November 30.

“We are getting concerned that the evolving economic policy of the Aquino government is no different from that of the previous government”, Josua Mata, APL Secretary General said. “Rather than alter a flawed economic policy that created years of jobless growth and declining real wages for the workers, it seems that the same market-oriented policies, a new guise, are being pursued,” the labor leader added.

The APL chided the Aquino government’s flagship program, the Public-Private Partnership Program or PPPP, and its much-vaunted Conditional Cash Transfer program as severely inadequate in addressing the jobs crisis.

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Essentially, the PPPP is nothing but “BOT on steroids,” according to Mata. Build-operate-transfer schemes were implemented in the 1990’s to deepen and broaden privatization. After more than 2 decades of privatization, it is clear that these programs have failed to live up to its promises of improved and cost effective services. Instead, it has delivered large swatches of the economy to the hands of private oligopoly. At the same time, privatization, together with liberalization and deregulation, ushered years of jobless growth, precarious work and declining real wages.

The APL finds the Conditional Cash Transfer, or CCT, necessary to contain poverty. “But CCT would only be successful if coupled with a robust jobs generation program,” Mata said.

APL reiterated its call for the development of the local economy through agrarian and urban land reform, implementation of living wage and social protection, and the promotion of sustainable agriculture and industrialization. “We believe that all policies – monetary, fiscal, trade, investment, industrial, etc. – should be measured based on their efficiency in promoting secure and quality jobs for all,” Mata said.

“While government has yet to show us the right path towards full employment, its ability to defend regular jobs still remains to be seen,” Mata added. APL is part of KONTRA, the broad coalition against contractualization, in pushing for the reversal of the DOLE’s decision on outsourcing in PAL.
APL members also poured out into the streets of Naga, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Cotabato and Cagayan de Oro to celebrate Bonifacio Day urging workers to struggle against neoliberal policies, end contractualization and fight for regular jobs.