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Workers took turns in beating a giant effigy of Uncle Sam riding a rabid dog which resembled President Rodrigo Duterte during Labor Day in Cagayan de Oro City, Tuesday. Photo by Joey P. Nacalaban

Iligan workers slam ‘broken promises’

By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief,
and Sita Asequia
Correspondent .

Iligan City — Workers belonging to various progressive groups slammed the Duterte administration for its “broken’ promises” to the labor sector.

According to the Kilusang Mayo Uno and other labor coalition groups, there should be no more middlemen regarding hiring of employees; it should be through direct hiring and not through agency to put an end to labor-only-contracting (Endo).

The administration had “given hope” to the labor sector regarding Endo that they attended several dialogues on the matter. This was last Feb. 27, 2017, May 1, and on Feb. 7.

They said the President had again repeated such promises during the dialogues and that there is already an Executive Order being drafted on the matter of the ending of Endo. The five drafts that were made were disregarded by Duterte and he passed this on to others, the workers’ statement reads.

They are very much disappointed with this administration, their statement said.

“It is business as usual and ther is no justice for labor,” it said.

Over a thousand participated in the rally on Tuesday’s Labor Day which included workers in various industries here, like the Holcim Cement, Republic Cement, Iligan Light and Power, Inc. and other industries and even employees from the city hall.


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