Despite the Arroyo regime’s efforts to disrupt the 107th celebration of International Labor Day through its dubious “holiday economics”, tens of thousands of workers belonging to the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and its allied organizations inundated the streets of major cities around the country to renew their commitment to the historic struggle for the emancipation of the working class and social transformation.
“Gloria never ceases to insult the working class,” Daniel L. Edralin, APL Chairperson said. “She is obviously ignorant of the historic importance of Labor Day,” he added.
May Day was born from the struggle for the eight-hour day. It has since come to symbolize the working class itself and its struggles.
With just a few days to go before the national elections, the elite-dominated electoral contest has yet to tackle issues that are dear to the working people. This would result to people trooping again to the polls without a clear idea of what they could expect from their candidates after being elected.
It is for this reason that the APL and its allies marched to project the “Labor Agenda.” The Agenda identifies specific programs aimed at promoting security of tenure and quality jobs for all or full employment, improving labor justice, strengthening the protection of labor and trade union rights, and advancing the economic and social justice.
“We are calling on all workers to vote for candidates who are committed to implement the Labor Agenda,” Edralin said.
The APL also endorsed Akbayan in the party list election and supported the senatorial bid of Risa Hontiveros.
At the same time, APL enjoined workers to use its collective vote to end the Arroyo regime’s Kleptocracy. “Enough of Arroyo and her ilk,” Edralin declared. “Let’s make sure that she and her anointed candidates, including “Villarroyo”, are roundly beaten in the coming elections,” Edralin asserted.
APL held rallies in Manila, Lipa, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos. In Manila, the APL linked up with the Labor Agenda Coalition in Mendiola.