Workers seek salary increase, end of 'endo' in Labor Day protests

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 01 2017 11:56 AM

MANILA - Thousands of Filipino workers on Monday marched to the streets as they marked Labor Day with protests in different parts of the country.

Labor groups in the metro gathered early morning in Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, while some marched to España, Mendiola and Quiapo in Manila.

The groups are calling on the government to end contractualization and implement a P750 national minimum wage.

Urban poor group Kadamay whose members are among those who occupied unused government housing in Pandi, Bulacan also joined the protests.

Kadamay members brought an effigy of a vulture to symbolize foreign interventions in the Philippines.

Workers from the business process outsourcing also joined Labor Day protests in Makati.

Michael dela Concepcion of the BPO Employees Industry Network said they are calling on the government to help them in their problems with their employers.

The group said a lot of BPO companies are cutting costs, affecting employees' benefits.

Project-based and seasonal employment are also rampant in the BPO industry, said Dela Concepcion.

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Meanwhile, the Associated Labor Union and Kilusang Mayo Uno in Cagayan de Oro also mounted their protest in Plaza Divisoria.

Labor groups have called on the government to implement a P168 increase in minimum national wage for Region 10.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) earlier said they have submitted their 11-point agenda to President Rodrigo Duterte and they are hoping for a positive response on Labor Day.

-- With reports from Angel Movido, Jeff Hernaez, Dennis Datu, Ron Lopez, April Rafales and Rod Bolivar, ABS-CBN News