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Employees’ groups to protest
continued ‘deprivation of rights’

Five organizations in Negros Occidental will lead the rally on the 126th commemoration of Labor Day.

Kilusang Mayo Uno spokesperson Ronald Ian Evidente said yesterday that they will remember Labor Day with a protest because workers have been deprived of their rights over the years.

At a press conference at the Negros Press Club building in Bacolod City, Evidente said the rally will remind employers that workers have the right to organize and to receive their benefits as mandated by law.

He said the commemoration is also a reminder to the government that workers still suffer from injustices, and that they demand that the Department of Labor and Employment act on pending labor cases.

Diego Malacad, secretary general of United Negros Drivers Operators Center-Pinagisang Samahang Tsuper Operators Nationwide, said their group will join the rally to call for the rollback of diesel oil price from P43.20 per liter to P41.57/lt.

Christian Tuayon, secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, also said they want the government to stop the filing of fabricated charges against members of organizations like theirs.

Tuayon claimed that Negros Occidental has become a laboratory ground for fabricated charges, which, he said deprive workers and farmers of the chance to fight for their rights.

Other organizations that will join the rally are the National Federation of Sugar Workers, Kadamay-Negros, and other groups under Bayan-Negros, he said. *LTG

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