Workers demand economic aid, wage increase on Labor Day


Workers marked the 131st International Labor Day as the National Day of Action for Aid. Along with other democratic sectors, they carried calls for the distribution of a ₱10,000-aid for all who lost their jobs, the implemenation of a ₱100-increase in the daily wage, and a ₱750 national minimum wage. Farm workers also raised demands for the distribution of a ₱15,000 subsidy for agricultural production. Together, they shouted: Duterte resign

State armed forces attempted to stop the protests by threatening, arresting and harassing protesters. In Zambales, 12 individuals were arrested and charged purportedly for violating health protocols. In Cebu, 34 workers and urban poor residents were arrested on their way to the protest center. All of them are members of organizations that have long been red-tagged by the reactionary state. They were released two days later after posting bail.

In Metro Manila, rallyists were forced to hold their activities at the Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City after the police barricaded Liwasang Bonifacio and Mendiola in Manila City where they were supposed to converge. State forces also held 150 individuals from Marikina and members of Pamantik-KMU from Calamba, Laguna who were on their way to the protest center.

In Davao City, activists were able to launch the first protest in the city since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed.

In Pampanga, members of the Workers Alliance-Region 3 marched to Plaza Miranda in Angeles City. In Laguna, around 1,000 workers converged at Crossing, Calamba. Picket protests were mounted in Los Baños; Antipolo City, Rizal and Bacoor, Cavite. Protests were also held in Cebu City, Bacolod City, Naga City and Baguio City.

In Iloilo, activists set up several pantries in various parts of the province, and held picket protests to commemorate the Labor Day.

Workers demand economic aid, wage increase on Labor Day