On Labor Day, militant workers call the Aquino administration a ‘butcher’ of jobs as they challenge presidential bets to abolish contractualization and raise wages.
The plight of 75 dismissed workers of fruit exporter Nakashin Davao International, who were allegedly urged by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to accept a P1,000-settlement offered by the Japanese-owned company, reflects the condition of millions of workers across the country, said a local union.
“Workers who have worked for 3 years should receive around P5,000 payment for SIL (service incentive leave). Some of us have worked for 6 years. We can’t accept a lower amount because there is a labor standard. What’s the use of DOLE if it cannot enforce the labor standards, worse, it it convinces workers to accept substandard benefits?” lamented Lester Pillado, president of the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin
The workers of Nakashin have been picketing the regional office of DOLE in Davao. On Sunday, they will join other workers to press their demands.