CTUHR Feature Stories

 

Most recent

 

Cutting the ropes of exploitation

Reflections on the factory occupation by MCC-MSI Workers
By Jessarie Mendez and Rica Joy Magro (interns from PUP Sta. Mesa)
 11 Sept 2016 On May 5, 2016, workers of Manila Cordage Company and Manco Synthetic Incorporated (MCC-MSI), started their protest against the rope-producing company when workers found out that the management was secretly planning to replace them as they witnessed new faces who work at night shift as trainees. Hundreds joined the protest and “occupied” the production site....

Of Rice, Bullets and Injustice

 11 April 2016  “Nakita na ko ang among tiyo na napusil, daghang dugo ang iyang naong pero wala kami natabang, nag-dagan ang mga mangunguma, ginapusil kami ng mga pulis.” (We saw our uncle hit by bullets, blood spurting all-over his face, but we couldn’t help him. [We] couldn’t go back. Everyone was running and we were also running for safety as the police were shooting at us.)....  

2015

 

Bolstered with Blood: Economic Growth in Aquino’s Daang Matuwid

10 December 2015 Philippines gained praises in the Php10 billion APEC meeting that the country hosted for the world’s biggest political leaders and businessmen last November. It was a huge party that showcased the best and the country’s wealth that foreign countries and transnational corporations (TNCs) can partake with gusto, without worrying if there is something left for the Filipinos. President Aquino talked much about how profitable for foreign investors to put their money in the Philippines and dire need of the country to get financial support to address the climate change impact, without mentioning the thousands of families of Yolanda victims still living in tents and wallowing in hunger and poverty....  

Hazards amidst Hopes: Child Labor in the Mines of Compostela Valley

31 October 2015 John Mark started working in a small-scale gold mine when he was four years old by giving his father a hand in processing gold with mercury. After ten years, 14 year-old John Mark is now a full-time worker in a small-scale mining site at Compostela Valley Province in Mindanao....  

2014

 

Faces of labor repression in Aquino’s four years

5 July 2014 In stark contrast to government claims that there are no problems with workers’ rights, trade union repression and rights violations against workers and unionists, alongside deepening poverty of working population, characterize the labor scene under BS Aquino’s four years in office....  

The Long Road to Freedom for Karnation Workers

23 April 2014 “We're outside jail but we are not free.” This is what Renato “Nato” Lopez, one of the Karnation 20, lamented when asked about the ongoing criminal charges filed against them by their employer, Karnation Industry in 2007....  

2010

 

The eight-year struggle of women workers of LCE

29 October 2010 On October 28, we celebrate national women’s day and commemorate the Filipino women's struggle for emancipation and empowerment. In a largely patriarchal and feudal society, this day marks a time to remember the advances Filipino women have achieved throughout history...