“Mr. President, this is not the way to treat your ‘Boss’”. This is the response of Josua Mata, APL’s secretary general, to P-Noy’s May 1 message.
“We asked for the certification as urgent the passage of security of tenure bill, wage increases and full employment, but what we got is a “breakfast” of increasing prices, violent demolitions and runaway outsourcing of our jobs,” Mata said.
APL takes note of P-Noy’s promise for a quarterly dialogue with labor leaders and encourages the president to use these social dialogues meaningfully.
“But P-Noy needs to work overtime and address the growing frustration of the workers who continue to believe in him that they are his collective boss,” Mata said.
“Otherwise, the workers – his boss – might think of kicking him out,” he warned.
At least 5,000 APL members marched to Mendiola where they joined KONTRA and the Church-Labor Conference.
APL members also rallied in Lipa, Naga, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos and Cotabato.