Thailand: Democracy Not Crackdown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Sunday, 11 April 2010 11:55

Regional Joint Statement

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Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), Working People Association (PRP) of Indonesia, People’s Democratic Party (PRD) of Indonesia, Turn Left Thailand, Socialist Alliance of Australia, Partido Lakas ng Masa Philippines.

 

Thailand: Resolve the Crisis through Democracy, not Crackdown

 

10 April 2010

 

We are deeply concerned over the current situation in Thailand where military-backed Prime Minister Ahbisit Vejjajiva has declared a state of emergency and started a bloody crackdown amidst escalating protests calling for fresh election.

 

The situation is worrying as the Thai government closes down all opposition media and gives sweeping new powers to the security forces to prepare for a violent crackdown on the Red Shirt protesters. Thai troops are using excessive force including tanks and live ammunition,  against pro-democracy demonstrators in Bangkok.

 

The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) or more well-known as the Red Shirts has re-launched massive protests against the military-installed unelected Ahbisit government since last March. This pro-democracy movement comprised of rural and urban poor, who stand up against the military-back oligarchic rule.

 

The current crisis  unfolded in September 2006, when the military staged a coup against the government of Thaksin Shinawatra, scrapped the 1997 popular Constitution and replaced it with a military-sanctioned constitution. The royalist Yellow Shirts started to organize fascistic demonstrations when the pro-Thaksin party won in the 2007 election. The current Ahbisit government was installed by the military after the fascistic mobilizations by the yellow shirts and a coup by the court.

 

The government, the army and the Yellow Shirts are afraid to face real democratic elections, as they know that they would lose since the majority of the poor  support the Red Shirts. Ahbisit and the ruling elite are refusing to call for elections and are trying to buy time and even preparing for a violent crackdown. It is becoming clear that Ahbisit and the old elite are bringing the country towards a fascist dictatorship.

 

Thailand has entered a new phase of class war. The old ruling elite with the backing of the military are using all means to scrap democracy in Thailand. The pro-democracy Red Shirts comprised of the majority of the working class, peasantry and poor, have shown their real popularity and mobilizing strength which has definitely shaken the royalists and the military. With the broadening of the masses’ support for the Red Shirts, it could be a new and important step in the struggle of the ordinary people in Thailand for the restoration of democracy and social justice.

 

We call for:

-          The immediate resignation of the military-installed Ahbisit government and the holding of fresh democratic elections.

-          A halt to all forms of violent crackdown against Red Shirt protesters. Respect the right of the people to organize, to protest and to strike.

-          A halt to the suppression of democratic rights and clampdown on the media.

-       the Thai government to not resort to any military coup.

 

The current crisis in Thailand only can be resolved through genuine democracy and people’s power. We extend our support and solidarity to all workers, peasants and poor in Thailand who struggle against the anti-democratic government and for the restoration of real democracy.

 

 

 

 
Goldilocks Workers On Strike PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Friday, 12 March 2010 22:22

Workers at Goldilocks Company went on strike today (3:00 am, March 11, 2010)

 

Around 300 workers of Goldilocks Company, a cake, pastry and restaurant chain in the Philippines, barricaded the two plants of the company located in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila early morning today.  The workers are demanding the reinstatement of the dismissed workers, and an end to the company’s policy of replacing regular workers with contractual labor.

 

On February 8, 2010, the Goldilocks management summarily dismissed 127 regular workers, mostly union leaders and members of the BISIG union, which won the union elections but had not been recognized by the company.

 

The Goldilocks workers believed that the dismissal was an off-shoot of the company’s plan to implement the contractualization scheme. The 127 regular workers will be replaced by the contractual workers to ensure lower wages and benefits for the workers and huge profits for the company.

 

Despite the fact that the company has grown to be a successful establishment with 200 branches and outlets nationwide and even abroad, the Goldilocks workers were treated shabbily and were slapped with illegal dismissal and other unfair labor practices. The company wanted to frustrate and destroy the BISIG union, the genuine representative of the workers at Goldilocks, so it could continue to deal with a management set-up union.

 

Mr. Joel Lachica, BISIG Union President, narrated that during the previous strike of Goldilocks workers in 1991, “three workers were killed and six were wounded when the police brutally fired at the picket line, in the very same spot where the workers today are staging a strike.”  Lachica added, “The same management people are in place today.  We’re not discounting the possibility that what happened in the 1991 strike could be repeated again.”

 

March 11, 2010

BISIG-AGLO-BMP

Contact Persons: Joel Lachica (BISIG Union President) 09359460790;; Rev (BISIG Union VP) 09157828455; Leody De Guzman (BMP President) 09237116070; and Butch Pena (AGLO Rep) 09228195949.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 March 2010 22:29
 
International Women's Day: Marking the 99th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Monday, 08 March 2010 20:25

Goberno ng Masang Kababaihan, para sa Sosyalista-Feministang Lipunan!

(For a Government of the Masses of Women and for a Socialist-Feminist Society!)

In the Philippines poor children die at three times the rate of the children of the rich, according to latest UN data. Under-five mortality rates are 66 child deaths to every 1000 live births amongst the poor, compared to 21 child deaths to every 1000 births amongst the rich. The largest wealth disparity for under-five mortality rates is in the Philippines, compared to any other country in the Asia-Pacific region. Child mortality is linked to the health and welfare of the mothers. Maternal mortality rates in the Philippines show little or no improvement and are unlikely to meet even the ‘less than minimum’ Millennium Development Goals. If there is one single reason that we need a comprehensive, modern reproductive health bill and RH program meeting international best standards and practice, this is it. A reproductive health program, which is free and accessible to poor women, which gives mothers a range of choices and educates them about these choices, saves poor children’s lives.

Every issue today, big and small, is a women’s issue. Poverty and the economic crisis, job losses and contractualization, health care and reproductive health, education, oil prices, corruption, governance, the illegitimate debt, war, militarism, violence, climate change and the environmental crisis – these are all women’s issues. After all, women are the ones who tend to be the hardest hit by these issues -- from the economic crisis, during which a majority of workers laid off in industries such as electronics are women, to climate-change induced disasters such as flooding, where the casualty rates tend to be higher for women and children.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 March 2010 20:34
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PLM Assails Dismissal of Workers PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:22
Dismissal of 129 Goldilocks Workers Assailed

“Goldilocks tumitiba, Manggagawa kinakawawa!”

On February 9, 2009, 129 workers were refused entry by the Goldilocks management. The workers were informed yesterday regarding the latest decision of the NLRC (National Labor Relations Commission) affirming their dismissal.

In turn, the workers staged a picket outside the Goldilocks Plant in Mandaluyong to protest and condemn the unjust decision.

Four years ago, the workers participated in a PCE (Petition for Certification Elections) held in February 28, 2006 as a result of the sixty (60) days freedom period after the 5-year Collective Bargaining agreement covering March 1, 2001 to February 28, 2006 between Goldilocks Bakeshop Inc., and Buklod ng mga Manggagawa sa Goldilocks Bakeshop (BUKLOD) expired. Separate petitions were filed by three groups, namely; KMG-KMM-Katipunan (Kilusan ng mga Manggagawa sa Goldilocks-Kilusan ng mga Manggagawang Makabayan), Bukluran ng Independyenteng Samahan na Itinatag sa Goldilocks (BISIG) and Obrero Pilipino-Goldilocks Employees Association (Obrero-GOLDEA).Being the incumbent union, BUKLOD was considered as forced intervenor for being the incumbent union.

It was a rough sailing for the workers since the management in collusion with the incumbent union (BUKLOD) questioned the petition filed by Obrero-GOLDEA. On the other hand, BUKLOD, filed a petition to cancel BISIG’s certificate of registration.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2010 16:31
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Haiti: Regional Solidarity Statement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Sunday, 24 January 2010 09:13

Haiti: Solidarity and Aid! Freedom and National Sovereignty! No to US Occupation!

On January 13, 2010, a 7.3 Richter scale earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  The earthquake caused great destruction and 200,000 people are thought to be dead. Further, 3 million Haitians have been rendered homeless by the quake, which also damaged many public service buildings, such as hospitals and schools.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2010 13:11
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Mangungurakot na naman yan!
Bobolahin na naman nila tayo!”


Sounds really familiar. We have heard this expression from people of all walks of life time and again. An automatic response, when one is asked about a certain politician or politicians in general.

For decades, generations of politicians from the same clan and some new ones have been deceiving the masses. Every election for them has been an opportunity to make more promises. And after every election, all these remain just that – promises.

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