TAG STAGES #BUHAYMEDIAPROTEST TO END CONTRACTUALIZATION IN MEDIA, LABOR FORCE
The Talents Association of GMA (TAG) will stage a protest today, June 5, in front of GMA Network Inc. along Timog cor. EDSA, Quezon City to call out the Network for its harassment of TAG members and condemn the practice of contractualization in Media and in the labor force.
We are joined by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), and students from Stand-UP and UP College of Mass Communication.
We are also launching the Media Labor Assistance Center (MLAC), a project of NUJP, TAG, Philippine Daily Inquirer Employees Association, Philippine Daily Inquirer Correspondents Association, ABC Employees Union and ABS-CBN IJM (Internal Job Market).
MLAC is a labor center that will address issues of harassment and contractualization of media workers.
Today marks the 12th day that GMA has withheld the salaries of some TAG members for refusing to issue a discriminatory Acknowledgment Receipt that we believe will have adverse effects on the regularization case that TAG filed before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC)
It has also been 6 months since contracts of 52 TAG members were not renewed as a result of filing the case. It has been 6 months since TAG members were excluded from Christmas bonus, 6 months since TAG members were prohibited from engaging in duties with other programs that took away a significant cut in our income.
But we also mark one year since we formed TAG and filed the case; one year since we decided we were going to fight for the rights afforded to us by law.
This protest is a demonstration of our commitment to see this fight through: to withstand more days without salary, more months of harassment, and however long it takes to claim a victory we will share with our colleagues in the Media, and all the other contractual workers in the Philippines.
Today, in front of GMA, we are a united force that will call for better labor treatment for media workers and the end of contractualization in the labor force.
We call on the Congress to give due attention to House Bill 4396 that seeks to abolish contractualization, and recognize workers as regular employees after six months, with provision for penalties for violations of the company.
We call on the Congress to give due attention to the House Resolutions filed by Gabriela Partylist, ABAKADA Partylist and QC Rep. Jose Belmonte that seek an inquiry that will look into the practice of contractualization in the Media.
We call on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to listen to the cries of workers who have been suffering from labor injustice for decades.
Do not play deaf to the cries of the people.
We start with our jobs as Journalists. We are telling this story.
We are telling this story on behalf of the 1.1 million Filipinos who are non-regular workers. We are telling this story on behalf of the 49,000 teachers who have endured years of low wages and unjust working conditions, for the 130,000 Health Workers who have left their profession because of contractualization, and for those who remain in the Health Sector in the name of public service; we are telling this story for the construction workers, for the factory workers, and the rest who deserve decent employment.
Help us tell this story. Help, so others may listen.