The NAGKAISA!, the largest formation of labor groups and workers organizations in private and public sector in the country, released yesterday the four issues as criteria for the selection of senatorial candidates the coalition would endorse to workers and wannabes who would promote labor and workers’ issue in 16th congress.
“More than 85% of labor unions and workers’ organizations in the country are united in NAGKAISA!. We are going to help some candidates win on the condition they will first have to agree on certain criteria derived from several labor and workingman’s issues espoused by the group,” said Alan Tanjusay, spokesman of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and member of the NAGKAISA! technical working group.
Select senatorial candidates were sent questions if they would support NAGKAISA! advocacy issues on security of tenure, wages, prices of electricity and public sector. Responses of candidates will be deliberated for final approval of the group’s convenors.
“The common candidates who will be unanimously selected will be announced by NAGKAISA! next week. These candidates will have the privilege of getting introduced into the workers’ vote,” Tanjusay added.
The candidates will have to answer “yes” or ‘no” (1) if they would support the passage of the security of tenure bill that confirms that: all employees are entitled to security of tenure, simplify employment classification to regular and that which is fixed by the term of the project, task or work to be performed; penalizes deliberate misclassification of employees as an unfair labor practice; and, limits probationary employment months for all types of employment to 6 months.
They were also asked (2) if they would sponsor and pass within 16th congress period amendments to the EPIRA Law that are intended to bring down the cost of power to its true cost and to ensure energy security; work for the appointment of a labor/consumer representative to be a member of the Energy Regulatory Commission; (3) initiate, support and ensure passage of a legislated wage increase within the 16th Congress, reform the Salary Standardization Law for the civil servants within the 16th Congress period; support ratification of ILO Convention 151 (Public Service Labor Relations), and support in increasing budget for education, health and other social services and aligning it with international benchmarks? (at least 6% of GNP for education; at least 5% of GDP for Health).
The members of NAGKAISA labor coalition are composed of the Alliance of Free Workers (AFW) , All Filipino Workers Confederation (AFWC), Association of Genuine Labor Organizations (AGLO), Automobile Industry Workers Alliance (AIWA), Alab Katipunan, Associated Labor Unions (ALU), Associated Labor Unions- Association of Professional Supervisory Officers Technical Employees Union (ALU-APSOTEU), ALU-Metal, Associated Labor Unions-Philippine Seafarers’Union (ALU-PSU), ALU-Textile, ALU-Transport, Associated Labor Unions-Visayas Mindanao Confederation of Trade Unions (ALU-VIMCOMTU), Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Association of Trade Unions (ATU), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Confederation of Independent Unions (CIU), Confederation of Labor and Allied Social Services (CLASS), Construction Workers Solidarity (CWS), Federation of Coca-Cola Unions (FCCU), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Kapisanan ng Maralitang Obrero (KAMAO), Katipunan, Pambansang Kilusan sa Paggawa (KILUSAN), Kapisanan ng mga Kawani sa Koreo sa Pilipinas (KKKP), Labor education and Research Network (LEARN), League of Independent Bank Organizations (LIBO), Manggagawa para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (MAKABAYAN), MARINO, National Association of Broadcast Unions (NABU), National Federation of Labor Unions (NAFLU), National Mines and Allied Workers Union (NAMAWU), National Association of Trade Unions (NATU), National Confederation of Labor (NCL), National Confederation of Transport Union (NCTU), National Union of Portworkers in the Philippines (NUPP), National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN), Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA), Pepsi Cola Employees Union of the Philippines (PEUP), Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA), Pinag-isang Tinig at Lakas ng Anakpawis (PIGLAS), Philippine Integrated Industries Labor Union (PILLU), Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association (PIPSEA), Partido Manggagawa (PM), Philippine Metalworkers Alliance (PMA), Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), Philippine Transport and General Workers Organization (PTGWO), SALIGAN, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and Workers Solidarity Network (WSN).