ISANG KANDILA AT DASAL PARA SA MGA KONTRAKTUWAL: A TAG CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS ON LABOR INJUSTICE
We condemn contractualization. We condemn unfair labor treatment. And we condemn any labor policy that violates workers’ rights.
The Talents Association of GMA (TAG) is taking an initiative to highlight laborers’ plight beginning with a prayer campaign today, June 3.
With the theme “Isang Kandila at Dasal Para sa mga Kontraktuwal,” we encourage everyone to post a photo of yourself offering a candle and prayers or a photo of a lit candle and caption it with your prayer/message of support for the victims of contractualization in the labor force, including media practitioners and members of the Talents Association of GMA.
Use the hashtags: #notohARassment #LabanMedia #BuhayMedia #IsangKandilaAtDasalParaSaMgaKontraktuwal
We also invite everyone to join us at Sacred Heart Parish at Sct. Ybardolaza in Quezon City at 6:30PM for our mass offering.
NO TO CONTRACTUALIZATION
According to a 2012 survey by the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics Integrated Survey (BITS), 30.5% of the Philippine labor force are non-regular workers. But that is based only on establishments who filled out the survey form. Obviously, there are more.
And the number is growing.
It includes the 72 people who died tragically in a fire in Kentex Factory in Valenzuela last May 13. It includes Mary Jane Veloso, who is still on death row after falling victim to human trafficking.
It includes thousands of media workers in the Philippines whose employers have been getting away with the violation for decades — the same employers who report the news on unfair labor treatment.
It includes us, more than a hundred media practitioners at GMA Network, Inc., one of the biggest companies in the country, who believe that even though we are a small group, we can hold a corporate giant accountable.
We believe that even though we are a small group, we can be a formidable force that can mobilize every contractual worker in the country to stand up for labor justice.
Recently, GMA withheld the salaries of some TAG members for refusing to issue an Acknowledgment Receipt that we believe is discriminatory and will have adverse effects on our regularization case pending before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).
This is on top of other harassment that TAG members have experienced since filing the case last year. They include non-renewal of contracts, exclusion from Christmas bonus, and prohibition from engaging duties from other programs which is a vital source of income.
Our plight in GMA reflects the plight of our colleagues in other media organizations who cannot speak up for fear of losing their job. It reflects the plight of the the thousand, if not million, other contractual workers who live with the injustice through gritted teeth because they cannot afford not to have work.
We are standing up for you.
Today we ask for your support through our awareness campaign. Light a candle, say a prayer.
In the next days, we will do more, and we will not stop until we get justice.
We call on our colleagues, different groups and government agencies to support us.
Let us stop contractualization. It is time we do something about it.