The political struggle of the working class in the Philippines
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- Metro Manila strike against high
- By Butch Umangan, NCL Bulletin, 15 October
1995. One-day general strike called by the National
Confederation of Labor (NCL) and the Bukluran ng
Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) over Ramos government economic
policies. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines
(TUCP) worked against the strike because of labor's
engagement in parliamentary politics.
- Labor groups call for people's strike
to press for Lagman's release
- Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), 13 November
1996. Philippines's three working-class political
organizations, BMP, NCL and KPUP, will call for a general
strike on the day of the APEC summit on 25 November, to
protest APEC, unless Filemon
Popoy Lagman, BMP
Chair, is released.
- Workers Protest Imperialist-Led Summit In
- By Ron Poulsen and Eugen Lepou, The
Militant, December 1996. About 500 workers and
youthful supporters of Bukluran Ng Manggagawang Pilipino
(BMP or Solidarity of Filipino Workers) marched past
sympathetic onlookers to the Malacañang Palace, the
offices of Philippines President Fidel Ramos. The march
was part of a range of protests over the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on that day.
- KMU targets Nestle, Ramos
- Workers World, 14 August 1997. The May
First Movement (KMU), a militant union in the Philippines,
attacks Nestle and Ramos' neoliberal policies that
have increased neocolonialism.
- Philippine Public Sector Union Federation
- From the COURAGE brochure, [26 November 1997]. The
Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of
Government Employees (COURAGE) is recognized as the
leading umbrella organization of public sector
unions. Established in 1986, it in the forefront of the
struggle to protect and promote the economic and
democratic rights of government workers.
- Newsclippings on the Labor Day (May 1)
- Philippine Daily Inquirer, Front Page, 2
May 1998. Amid unrest, Ramos vows more jobs. BAYAN
rally. Workers hit contractualization of labor. From the
Inquirer of 30 April: Workers mobilize for
May 1 protests.
- Labor Unity Forum
- By Mark Johnson, 2 June 1999. The second largest
Philippine city, Cebu has avoided the worst excesses of
sectarianism within the progressive and labour
movement. The town's Labour Unity Front has regrouped
many of the splinters of the Communist movement, as well
as trade union leaders from the region's main
- Labour leaders deplore protests
- The Straits Times 2 December 2000. Labour
leaders have deplored the disruptive mass actions being
taken by various groups to force President Estrada to step
down. Mr Timoteo ‘Boy’ Aranjuez, vice-chairman
of the Lakas Manggagawa Labour Centre, and lawyer Roberto
Padilla, president of the National Mines and Allied
Workers Union, were reacting to the call of communist
leader Mr Jose Ma Sison.