Ang Bayan
November 21, 2020

Protests and campaigns to defend people’s livelihood

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Urban poor residents of Sitio Back-Matimco, Barangay Subangdako, Mandaue City in Cebu successfully foiled a demolition attempt in their community by putting up a barricade. In Quezon City, more than 1,000 urban poor residents protested in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City on November 18 to assert their right to decent housing and livelihood

Earlier on November 9, the Pinagkaisang Lakas ng Mamamayan also spearheaded a protest and dialogue of residents with the local government of Quezon City. They were permitted by authorities to cultivate a 118-hectare idle land within the said barangay.

Meanwhile, jeepney drivers and operators along with their supporters protested in Quezon City on November 9. They demanded the full resumption of jeepney operations.

On November 18, more than 700 riders of FoodPanda Philippines trooped to the Department of Labor and Employment headquarters in Intramuros, Manila to protest against the miniscule pay they are receiving. They reported that in some instances, riders are paid as low as ₱11.45 per 8-kilometer travel. FoodPanda is food delivery company owned by Gemany-based multinational Delivery Hero.

Union asserts wage increase

Workers of Davao Central Chemical Corporation (DCCC) successfully asserted their demand for wage and benefits increase as stipulated in their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for 2020-2022.

The CBA was signed by the DCCC Independent Union-NAFLU-KMU and the management on No­vem­ber 17. The said company exports activated carbon and other chemicals.

Workers are set to receive a ₱1,350 monthly wage increase in 2021, and another increase in 2022. Those employed by the company for more than five years will receive an additional ₱2,500.

AB (2020-11-21): Protests and campaigns to defend people's livelihood