Tag: Philippines

  • Labour in the Age of Duterte: The Pacific Plaza Strike

    Whatever may be the conclusion of the strike, there is little doubt that the practice of contractualization, which has done so much damage to labour in the Philippines, is facing a mortal challenge from its victims. Keep reading »

  • The Politics of Hurricanes

    How Climate Catastrophe Victimizes the Poor Climate change catastrophe is, as this article is written, facing hundreds of thousands on the eastern seaboard of the United States and on the Philippines island of Luzon, as Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut make landfall simultaneously. Mangkhut also threatens Hong Kong, South China and maybe Vietnam. In the United … Keep reading »

  • Mobilizing Workers at Toronto Airport

    Sean Smith interviewed by Tim Heffernan Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is Canada’s busiest hub and is crucial to the economy. There are more than 40,000 employees working for over 400 employers at the airport, making it the largest workplace in Canada. The following is an interview with Sean Smith, Mobilization Co-ordinator, UNIFOR 2002 and Representative, Toronto … Keep reading »

  • Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers

    A Compendium of Forms and Preliminary Discussion While labour migration has been a recurring phenomenon in human history, what is new in the post-1970 period of restructuring in the world capitalist economy is the increased use of temporary migrant labour by employers around the world. The widespread rise of employer use of temporary migrant workers in … Keep reading »

  • Class Struggle in the Philippines

    Trade union leader speaks in Vancouver and Toronto On August 2, Pete Pinlac of the MAKABAYAN labour and political center in the Philippines spoke at a public forum hosted by the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC). It was an extremely informative and inspiring event that reflected years of crucially important solidarity outreach by the Labour … Keep reading »

  • South Korea’s 300 Day Aerial Sit-in Strike Highlights Plight of Precarious Workers

    in Korea and the Philippines November 1 marked the passage of day 300 of the aerial sit-in strike being waged by Kim Jin-suk. The former employee of Hanjin and current Direction Committee member for the Busan chapter of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and other union members face sub-zero temperatures and enforcement fines of … Keep reading »

  • A State of Terror: The Death of Human Rights in the Philippines

    “We continue to work because of hope for freedom, and trust in the capacity of the people to unite and change the system of oppression” — Congressman Neri Colmenares of BAYAN-MUNA. The Philippines is second only to Colombia for being the most dangerous place in the world for union activists. From January 2001 to October … Keep reading »