Farm workers are calling for higher wages as they battle every day to put food on the table.
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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)’s Bureau of Workers Concerns (BWSC) has so far given P1,000 cash subsidy for 49,267 sugar workers, or only seven percent of the 700,000 sugar workers in the country.
“The Duterte government should ensure affordable and accessible food supply especially to the poor and marginalized to guarantee the Filipinos’ survival against COVID-19 and hunger.”
The national federation of agricultural workers fears that sugar workers would be paid even less this crop year as the tariff for imported sugar would go down to just five percent because of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement.
Big landlords representing owners of haciendas and big sugar plantations determine the wages received by part-time and full-time agricultural workers across the country. BY GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ Contributed to Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 11, April 20-26, 2008 Big landlords representing owners of haciendas and big sugar plantations determine the wages received by part-time and full-time…