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Transport, labor groups ink pact

The United Negros Drivers and Operators Center and the General Alliance of Workers’ Assemblies will sign a covenant today to safeguard the welfare and the rights of workers.

GAWA convenor Wennie Sancho said that, under the agreement, both UNDOC and GAWA will uphold the dignity of all workers, defend the poor, the helpless, the oppressed, and the victims of injustices in their quest for equality and social justice.

Sancho said this will guide the organizations in pursuing a militant movement relevant to their causes and also to alleviate the economic plight of the working class.

They are also demanding adequate and just compensations for laborers and expressed vehement opposition against the increases in the prices of crude oil and petroleum that resulted to the increase of basic social services, he said.

The signing of the agreement will mark a historical and mutual cooperation between the transport and the labor sectors in Negros Occidental, he added.

Sancho, who is the secretary general of Water Watch, also said their group fears an increase of P156 per cubic meter in the water rates if the proposal of Miya-Maynilad to undertake the Bacolod City Water District’s non-revenue water and expansion project pushes through.

The Office of the Government Counsel recently came out with an opinion that BACIWA can proceed with stage two of the negotiation with MIYA-MAYNILAD.*APN

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