Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Noynoy Aquino: Anti-Labor?

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was asked if Monday, May 2, is a holiday. Lacierda said no. Under Republic Act 9492 moves regular holidays and special days to the nearest Monday.

" In the event the holiday falls on a Wednesday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday of the week. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday that follows."

May 1 falls on a Sunday. Labor Day is one of the most important days in the calendar because it is the only day dedicated to the toiling masses. Labor is the power, the strength behind modern and successful societies.

Seems like this administration is truly anti-labor.

Consider these---Aquino already told workers not to expect any wage hike or wage adjustment following a string of price hikes. Aquino allows companies to hike their prices but when it comes to benefits and wages of workers, Aquino acts like Mr. Scrooge.

Aquino says its okey if oil companies jacked their prices up illegally by 40 centavos. Yet, Aquino does not even forgive workers who militate against unfair labor practices.

And now this: it is only one day of the year when society recognizes the value of labor and then what? Aquino poo-poohs declaring May 2 as a holiday.