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On Labor Day, workers vow to rally vs Aquino’s failure to address pressing issues

Monday, April 30, 2012

On Labor Day, workers vow to rally vs Aquino’s failure to address pressing issues

This Labor Day, the workers and the poor will take President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to task for failing to respond to their calls, making the hunger and poverty situation in the country even worse, and exceeding even the previous government’s puppetry to the US.

By MARYA SALAMAT
Bulatlat.com
MANILA – Since President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III became president, he has engendered criticisms that boil down to “Anybody home?” and “Noynoying.” The first captures the impression that he is frequently out of the loop, and the latter, a play on his name, has come to connote ‘doing nothing.’

The latter has gone viral in the Philippines and abroad as various groups’ criticisms of Aquino’s inaction on peoples’ issues seemed to have hit a nerve.

As example, the labor center KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno) cited the president’s refusal to hike wages by a significant amount, Aquino’s refusal also to save workers from contractual employment schemes as shown in the case of the Philippine Airlines, his government’s failure to stop the violent demolitions of urban poor communities, the persistent oil price hikes, and the continued mockery of land reform.

These, the labor center said, prod “the workers and the poor this Labor Day to take President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to task for failing to respond to their calls, making the hunger and poverty situation in the country even worse, and exceeding even the previous government’s puppetry to the US.”

Leaders of labor groups and other sectors criticize Aquino’s inaction on pressing national issues.(Photo courtesy of Kilusang Mayo Uno / bulatlat.com)
Leaders of progressive labor and transport groups, including the leaders of urban poor organizations and public sector employees, announced in a press conference Friday that they are aiming for a 30,000-strong mobilization in Metro Manila and more than a hundred thousand-strong mobilization across the country.

In another development, the.... MORE
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