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Protest actions pay off for SLU union

BAGUIO CITY — “Our lobbying and concerted efforts have finally paid off,” said Ronald Taggaoa of the Union of Faculty and Employees of Saint Louis University (UFESLU) and one of the hundreds of college instructors and employees who lost their jobs due to the implementation of K12.

Sitel workers protest re-deployment scheme, harassments

BAGUIO CITY — Protest broke at dawn on June 30 when members of the newly-formed Sitel Philippines Association of Rank and File Workers (Spark) picketed at the front gates of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) to denounce Sitel’s violation of labor rights.

Baguio dads summon Sitel for work scheme

BAGUIO CITY — Three city councilors filed a resolution summoning Sitel management, a business process outsourcing (BPO) to shed light on the firm’s employment scheme that earned the flak of its workers.

BPO employment scheme earns flak

BAGUIO CITY — A group of call center agents from Baguio-based business process outsourcing (BPO) firm, Sitel, denounced their employer’s ‘deceptive’ and ‘unjust’ employment schemes after reports of massive lay-offs in one of the firm’s site here surfaced.

Privatizing electric coop may mean lost jobs, contractualization

BAGUIO CITY — The general manager of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) warned that if private corporations and capitalists manage to take over the operation of the cooperative, there is a possibility that this will lead to job displacements and contractualization.

CAR wage hike not enough

BAGUIO CITY — Anakpawis Cordillera maintains that the P15 to P25 daily wage increase for all minimum wage earners in the private sector that Regional Tripartite Wage Productivity Board (RTWPB) Cordillera recently issued is a far cry from what workers need.

Agriworkers welcome DOLE sanctions on sacada recruiters, employers

MANILA — National agriworkers center Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) welcomes recommendations forwarded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Undersecretary for Labor Relations and Special Concerns Joel Maglunsod, against the recruiters and employers of Mindanao sakadas exploited in Hacienda Luisita.

Teachers, education officials forge unities

BAGUIO CITY — Teacher representatives from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) led by National Secretary-general Raymond Basilio and officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) here led by Regional Director Dr. Beatriz Torno reached substantive agreements during a courtesy call and dialogue on December 12, 2016.

Third training-assembly for teachers held

BAGUIO CITY — On November 4-6, 2016, 35 teacher-leaders from the 6 provinces of the Cordillera gathered at the Highland Villa for the Third Alliance of Concerned Teachers Regional Leadership Training Seminar and Assembly to develop militant, progressive and nationalist leadership among its members towards a stronger ACT-CAR Union that will more decisively address education and community issues in the region and contribute to the sectoral and national campaigns of ACT.

Rechannel PBB funds to salary increase

QUEZON CITY — Due to the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) scheme’s divisive and discriminatory character, Rep. France Castro of ACT Teachers Party-List urged the re- channeling of 16.7B PBB funds to salary increase during the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) presentation of the 2017 Budget on Monday, August 22.

Baguio on contractualization, national industrialization

BAGUIO CITY — The All Workers Unity-Cordillera Administrative Region (AWU-CAR), in partnership with the Baguio City Council Committee on Ethics, Governmental Affairs and Personnel, headed by Hon. Joel A. Alangsab and the Baguio City Council Committee on Employment, Livelihood, Cooperatives and Persons with Disabilities headed by Hon. Arthur L. Allad-iw, held a forum on “Contractualization and National Industrialization” last August 10, 2016 at the Baguio City Hall Multi-Purpose Hall.