The union has described the lay-offs as a “gross violation” of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, and “a clear-cut case of union busting.”
Workers in Southern Tagalog push back for labor rights
Despite the setbacks, however, workers in the Southern Tagalog region have continued to assert their rights and fight back. For Mario Fernandez and his fellow unionists in TEPWU, it meant meeting state forces head on. This meant actively challenging attempts to tag them as “communist sympathizers.”
Heroes, martyrs of Southern Tagalog honored by progressives
“Who are Ka Eden and Ka Eddie? They are good Christians, good Samaritans, and good revolutionaries. They followed the Christian example and dedicated their lives to solving inequality in our society.”
Arrested Laguna activists, supporters urge DOJ to ‘take immediate action’ after delays in hearings
“It is unacceptable that Camoral has been waiting for more than two years for a fair trial. This situation mirrors the ‘working’ justice system in the Philippines, where delays, postponements, and excuses have become the norm.”
Anakpawis coordinator arrested in Rizal
The circumstances of Buiza’s arrest echoes the simultaneous police and military operations conducted last March 7, 2021, which resulted in nine deaths and six arrests across the Southern Tagalog region, dubbed ‘Bloody Sunday’. Six of the victims and three of the arrests happened in Rizal province.
Groups urge DA to take over Batangas sugar mill
The call comes from concerns of “possible bankruptcy of 4,584 sugarcane planters [and] less work for more than 10,000 sugarcane field workers.”
‘DOJ reso on the murder of activist Manny Asuncion, a grave injustice’- groups
Rights group DEFEND Southern Tagalog condemned the decision, asserting that the DOJ’s insistence on “presumption of regularity” is a “grave injustice.”
Soldiers blocking rights groups’ access to father of minor slain in ‘fake encounter’
Rights groups seeking to investigate the death of a nine-year-old girl in Taysan, Batangas province have been prevented by soldiers from talking to the victim’s family. Karapatan-Southern Tagalog said the military is preventing the truth from coming out.
Fake encounters vs. Reds in Batangas result in 2 civilian deaths
Local residents have come out to dispute these claims, stating that the casualty was actually local farmer Maximino Digno. According to Digno’s neighbors, he was last spotted going to his field in barangay Cahil when elements of the 59th IBPA found and killed him. His remains were spotted sometime after.
In Southern Tagalog, poll watchdog notes 135 cases of anomalies
As of noon today, election watchdog Kontra Daya Southern Tagalog has monitored at least 135 cases of electoral anomalies within the region, mostly from Laguna province.
Coca-Cola workers receive invite to ‘surrender as Reds’ – labor group
“Unions are integral to the struggle for those rights, because without a union, what do workers have?”