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Workers Gear Up for More Battles as Aquino Gov't Continues to Favor Big Business

Author: Marya Salmat, Vox Bikol [Philippines], Published on: 3 January 2011

...the Aquino government is merely continuing Arroyo’s economic and labor policies...Aside from rising prices and ignored demands for social justice, [there are] continuing extra-judicial killings and harassments of leaders and members of progressive people’s organizations...Far from getting rid of the Arroyo government’s infamous counter-insurgency program...which regarded organized workers...as enemies of the state...the Aquino government even extended it...As a result, five union leaders...[were killed] in 2010...as they assert their legal right to organize, bargain for decent wages and humane working conditions...New unions continue to face hardships on the way to legal recognition...[i]n 2010...[there were] a total of 161 cases of trade union and human rights violations...

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