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Workers Held Massive Rallies This Labor Day In Manila, Philippines
Labor unions staged massive rallies all over Manila this Labor Day. The protesters used colorful banners and posters to dramatize their demands. They also set up stages to watch free concerts, plays and speeches in 3 major areas. The 3 areas were Liwasan Bonifacio, Plaza Miranda and Mendiola- all located in the city of Manila.
The workers want an end to the policy of contractualization. Contractualization is a policy among ceratin investors in the country wherein workers are being hired for a period of 5 months only- thus avoiding the responsibility of regularizing the newly-hired laborers. The policy is being criticized by workers' unions as anti-labor and oppressive. The laborers also demanded wage increase and a temporary moratorium on demolitions being done to the shanties of informal settlers. Today's Labor Day rallies in Manila were so massive that some government officials and secretaries who were in Malacanang Palace (the presidential palace in the Philippines) this afternoon went out to meet and talk with the leaders of the rallyists. The protesters marched to Mendiola, the area near the presidential palace in Manila, to dramatize their major demands. The last 3 pictures in this report showed some government officials who went out of Malacanang Palace this afternoon to meet and talk with the leaders of labor unions. The said government officials listened to the demands of the labores and promised them that they will really study their proposals. The said government officials said that they're sympathetic to the demand of the workers to have a security of tenure. Workers' unions in the Philippines have long been lobbying for the passage of a bill that would guarantee security of tenure. Such a bill would certainly end the 'contractualization of labor' in the Philippines.