By Jinky Jorgio
Labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) and its affiliate unions and allied progressive groups will physically express their solidarity with the employees and talents of the entertainment and media conglomerate as its franchise is set to expire on May this year.
The workers led by a contingent of unionists from St. Luke’s Medical Center Bonifacio Global City and University of Santo Tomas Hospital, will extend their support and called on the Duterte administration to protect the workers facing job insecurity.
The recent retrenchment of PAL workers, the BMP stressed, also shows that employers may use the vulnerability in the global economy brought by the COVID 19 virus as an excuse to lay off regular employees.
The BMP called on workers to unite against the threat of unemployment as it may lead to desperate and futile actions such as the hostage-taking by former security guard Alchie Paray, which could only amplify the sorry plight of contractual workers but would not put an end to the anti-labor scourge of contractualization.
At protest in ABS-CBN, the workers will carry a huge banner with the slogan “PROTEKSYON SA PAGGAWA” to counter the threat of massive job displacement. The particular demands of “labor protectionism” includes (a) unemployment insurance; (b). abolition of all forms of contractual employment; (c) 6-hour working day without loss in pay to encourage another shift that would employ more workers; and, (d) an end to trade union repression against labor activists and concerted actions. The BMP contingent will converge at EDSA corner Mother Ignacia at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 6 before marching towards the employees entrance along Sgt. Esguerra Avenue where they will merge with employees of ABS-CBN for its weekly Black Friday protest.