Philippines: A Magna Carta for Call Centre Workers
By Estrella Torres
Posted by ffw.org.ph
The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines is a key driver of growth with US$15.5 billion in revenues last year, but the high attrition rate of workers at 30 per cent annually paints a grim picture of the so-called ‘sunshine industry.’
Promoting pure, nutritious mother’s milk for babies just got a big boost with the launching of a nationwide social media campaign to push for exclusive breast feeding in the work place.
DOLE, ILO, and FFW receive St. Scho's Hildegarde Award for Batang Malaya
Date Posted: March 10th, 2014 06:27 AM
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, who, last year cited as "trailblazing" the memorandum of agreement between the DOLE's Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns and the St. Scholastica's College on eliminating the child labor menace, particularly its worst forms, yesterday received the prestigious Hildegarde Award for Outstanding Achievement in Development Communication
Organizing BPO workers
12 Jan 2014
Written by The BusinessMirror Editorial
Posted by ffw.org.ph
THE Federation of Free Workers (FFW) has expressed support for Sen. Miriam Defensor- Santiago’s proposal to pass a “Magna Carta for Call-Center Workers” to allow them to organize unions and push for safe and healthy work conditions amid long hours spent at work.
Cash-for-Work should pay workers at least the minimum wage
November 29, 2013
"The cash-for-work program of the government being implemented in Tacloban and other areas affected by supertyphoon Yolanda, should pay workers at least the minimum wage in the region," said Atty. Sonny Matula, president of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW).
The international trade union movement has contributed to the relief and rebuilding efforts for Typhoon Yolanda victims, particularly workers in the Philippines and their families.
Labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) has called for a ceasefire in Zamboanga as troops of the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) continued exchanging gunfire.
Some 50 snap shots of batang malaya by St. Scholastica's College (SSC) college students are now on exhibit. It is part of the culminating activity of the "Stop and Shoot Anti-Child Labor Photo Competition" that began as the schoolyear started last month.
Unable to hear what they wanted the President to say, labor groups from the largest alliance of workers in the Philippines, Nagkaisa! will troop to Mendiola to demand for higher wages, security of tenure and an end to harassment of union leaders on Labor Day.
Trade union leader of FFW gets detained prior to Labor Day
April 27, 2013
Barely a week before Labor Day, police forces arrest a trade union leader of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) in Malayan Towage and Salvage Corporation in Batangas City. It was late in the afternoon of Friday, April 26 when the courts were already closed for posting a bail.
Labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) welcomes President Benigno Aquino III's "resolve to move the peace process forward" with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
Our warmest greetings to all FFW members and friends:
With more vigor, passion and enthusiasm, FFW welcomes the challenging year of 2013! This year, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio (born in 1863), the great organizer of the Katipunan whose membership came mostly from the ranks of workers.
Just like the struggle to enact that elusive law that would establish better standards for them, kasambahays barely caught the last trip of Noel Cabangon's Byahe.
Labor groups, domestic workers and civil society groups hailed the decision of the leadership of the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives to approve a Consolidated version of the Domestic Workers Act of 2012, more popularly known as the Batas Kasambahay last November 19. The Consolidated version is expected to be approved by both Houses on Monday, November 26.
Labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) declared its support for the Government of the Philippines - Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Framework that was signed today, which hopes to put an end to the decades-old war in Muslim Mindanao.
"Unemployment may have decreased minimally (7.1%), but underemployment has increased significantly (22.7%). Put together, they account for 29.8 per cent of the labor force, who do not earn enough or do not earn at all," said Atty. Sonny Matula, president of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW).
The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) welcomes with enthusiasm the passage of the Kasambahay Bill after more than 15 years of lobbying in Congress.
The House of Representatives of the Philippines has just passed the Domestic Workers Bill! It took 15 years before Congress finally did so, but it would be worth the wait once the Bill is enacted into law.
The "Free Workers" as part of our effort to reach out to more Filipino workers, now comes in all-Filipino. Hurry! Grab your copy now.
The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) is saddened by the loss of a good man in government. It seems the few good men are getting fewer. We pray that his legacy will inspire us to continue the struggle for reforms as the status quo does not serve the common good.
A family lost a father. The government lost a servant. Our nation lost a leader.
Ninoy Aquino, the inspiration behind people power, whose passing we commemorate today, is now united with a servant he inspired, who practiced the empowerment he preached.
-- The leaders and members of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW)
After much anticipation, the Philippines has finally ratified the Domestic Workers Convention on Monday. Voting unanimously, the Philippine Senate approved on third reading, Resolution No. 816 concurring to the ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers by President Benigno S. Aquino III on May 18.
Workers group alarmed by increase in child labor in PH
June 28, 2012
The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) is alarmed by the increase in child labor incidence in the Philippines.
STATEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS' DAY
June 16, 2012
Mornings@ANC Guests: Joselito Manabat - Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns-DOLE / Chairman, Child Labor Knowledge Sharing Sub-Committee Julius Cainglet - Federation of Free Workers / Vice-Chairman, Child Labor Knowledge Sharing Sub-Committee
STATEMENT OF FILIPINO WORKERS:
BETTER TIMES ARE YET TO COME FOR WORKERS
By: Atty. Jose Sonny G. Matula
National President, Federation of Free Workers (FFW), an affiliate of the International Trade Union Confederation and ITUC-Asia Pacific
Workers’ Delegate of the Philippines to the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference Geneva, Switzerland, 11 June 2012
Unions the world over condemned employers’ groups, who yesterday blocked discussion of the worst cases of worker rights violations at the annual International Labor Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva.
Ceremonial Launching of the Guidelines on the Conduct
of the DOLE,DILG,DND,DOJ, AFP & PNP Relative to the Exercise
of the Workers' Rights & Activities
Ni Atty. Sonny G. Matula, President of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW)
Isang karangalan na makasama kayo ngayong umaga sa paglagda ng Mga Panuntunan sa mga karapatan at kilos patungkol sa Freedom of Association, lalo sa patakaran at alituntunin para sa Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilinas sa pagkakataong di nagkakasundo ang kapitalista at mga manggagawa o may nangyayaring labor disputes. Ang layunin ng Panuntunang ito ay para patibayin ang pagkilala sa Kalayaan na mag-organisa ng unyon at sa karapatang kolektibong makipagtawaran o collective bargaining negotiation ang mga manggagawa sa mga may-ari ng mga paggawaan o tanggapan.
Workers lambasted labor contractualization anew on Labor Day as it had brunch with President Noynoy Aquino at Malacañang.
Workers in Agusan mine go on strike
April 27, 2012
Just a few days before Labor day, more than 300 workers of SR Metals in Tubay, Agusan Del Norte, have gone on strike because management has been ignoring the collective bargaining agreement proposal it submitted several months ago.
Workers to press for wage hike, labor reforms
By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) Updated
April 24, 2012 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - At least 20,000 workers belonging to 40 labor groups will march to Malacañang to commemorate Labor Day on May 1 and demand a wage increase and other labor reforms.
The formation of NAGKAISA (United), an issue-based umbrella labor rights group, also comes ahead of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines’ two-day conference that starts today.
New alliance unites Philippine labor
April 23, 2012
A new alliance of some 40 major trade unions and labor federations have united to advance trade union and workers’ rights in the Philippines.
Labor group calls for workers’ empowerment on People Power Day
February 24, 2012
Labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) joins the Filipino people in celebration of the People Power Revolution 26 years ago, but wishes that the legacy of the peaceful revolution extend to economic empowerment and a stronger voice for workers.
Following its call to develop “green transportation alternatives” to abet oil price hikes, labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) has called on government to facilitate the production of electric vehicles in order to create green jobs.