Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ka Bel's illegal detention delays deliberation of wage hike bill and labor-related bills in Congress

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March 16, 2006

Ka Bel's illegal detention delays deliberation of wage hike bill and labor-related bills in Congress - KMU

Congressional Committee on Labor and Employment Chair Rep. Roseller Barinaga admitted his committee is having a hard time deliberating labor-related bills due to the continued detention of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran.

The solon said the COCLE is set to discuss the amendments to House Bill 345 or the P125 wage hike bill next week and they need Ka Bel to impart his important ideas and suggestions for the benefit of workers. He also reiterated demands for Ka Bel's immediate release or transfer from Camp Crame during the Labor Parliamentarians Media Forum held at the Mitra Hall in the House of Representatives this morning.

The activity spearheaded by Free Ka Bel Movement and Anakpawis Party List, gathered various national labor centers including Kilusang Mayo Uno, Partido ng Manggagawa, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Labor Alliance for Better Order and Reforms and other labor federations and trade unions.

"Ka Bel's valuable contribution to the advancement of workers' interests is highly-respected and recognized by his colleagues in Congress as well as all labor centers and workers nationwide. With Ka Bel's enduring illegal detention, the Arroyo government consciously delays government projects and bills for workers and the people. Labor groups are now in further unity to demand Ka Bel's urgent and unconditional release," said KMU Chairperson Elmer Labog.

Labog stressed that the unity forged by all labor centers will translate to more mass actions inside and outside factories, workplaces and industrial zones. "Labor groups are united to press the P125 wage hike bill and seek justice for Ka Bel and all workers. We will not falter in defending our hard-earned economic and democratic rights in all ways possible.

Tomorrow, workers will march from Plaza Miranda to Mendiola to bring forth their demands to Malacanang. "We will declare Mrs. Arroyo as "Workers enemy No. 1" and will further call for her ouster," Labog concluded. ###


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