Global alliance of migrants and families Migrante International today led returned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Madagascar, Libya and the Middle East in a picket protest in front of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The OFWs staged the protest in support of workers’ demand for a legislated P125 wage hike across the board nationwide in time for Labor Day.
“OFWs are forced to work abroad because there are no jobs, livelihood and decent wages and living conditions in the Philippines. Unfortunately, the crisis of forced migration continues to be aggravated by the Aquino administration’s promotion and continuous implementation of a labor export policy,” said Gina Esguerra, Migrante International secretary-general.
She said, “Instead of addressing the root causes of forced migration through genuine land reform and national industrialization, Aquino had further opened up the national economy to abuse and exploitation of our workers’ cheap labor by foreign capital and interests through his so-called flagship program, the PPP (public-private partnership).”
Esguerra said that they are in full support of workers’ demand for a legislated P125 wage hike across the board.
“What OFWs and their families need during these hard times are actions and programs from the government that would enforce the creation of jobs at home and ease the onslaught of price hikes in order to curb, if not stop, forced migration,” she said.
Esguerra said that they will also rally behind workers in opposing the insincere and divisive tactic of regional wage boards through yellow unions who are merely shortchanging workers.
“Naniniwala ang migranteng Pilipino na makatarungan at nararapat lang ang P125 dagdag-sahod across the board nationwide. Tama lang na hindi pumayag ang mga manggagawa sa limos, P125 pa rin, lalo pa’t patuloy na nagtataasan ang presyo ng langis at mga bilihin. Malaking ginhawa ang P125 dagdag-sahod para sa mga OFW at pamilya,” Esguerra said.
Migrante International will participate in Labor Day protest led by Kilusang Mayo Uno and Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan (KPMM). ###