“Nakikiisa kami sa Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa kasi kinikilala na ang mga LGBT ay bahagi ng lahat ng sector ng Pilipinas.

Marami tayong mga LGBT sa paggawaan, LGBT sa sakahan, LGBT sa mga call center, sa paguruan, sa mga estudyante.

Gawa [ito] ng hindi na daw namin kaya [magtrabaho ng maayos] kasi may-edad na po kami, papalitan daw kami ng mga batang empleyado.” Another issue particular to women’s groups is the gender pay gap.

Malou Bustamante of Women Wise points out the disparity between the pay received by male and female workers based on the amount of work hours they put in, which, according to them, often go beyond the eight-hour work day as prescribed by the Labor Code.

Napakababa ng pasahod na talagang hindi nakabubuhay sa isang pamilya,” says Ka Boy, who has been working as a stevedore since 1981 and has experienced contractual work all his life.

“[Naranasan ko rin] ‘yung mga matitinding paglabag ng mga kapitalista sa aming mga karapatan. Tapos ‘yung social security system namin, ‘yung SSS, hindi hinuhulog.” Aside from low wages, he also points to the lack of protective gear meant to be issued to workers in his field.

of the Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas (MKP), a group that has been fighting to end labor-only contracting of PLDT employees.

Two days before Labor Day, the group held a press conference announcing their success — upon investigation of PLDT’s employment practices, DOLE had ordered the regularization of nearly 8,000 contractual workers and rejected PLDT’s Motion for Reconsideration.

One of those workers is Gina Petes, a 49-year-old machine operator working at a plastic company, and member of women’s group, Women Wise.

She is at the rally to fight for the injustices committed to the women workers in her town in Valenzuela.

“‘Yung forked na tongue sinisimbolo ‘yung mga broken promises, especially ngayon dahil Labor Day.

As throngs of people move forward towards the Peace Arch, flags bearing the names of unions and labor groups wave up high, and songs of solidarity and impassioned chants blare from the speakers, a huge effigy is pulled forward — it bears the features of a devil; fangs, horns, and forked tongue and all, and a striking resemblance to President Duterte.

“Iba ‘yung sahod ng mga kababaihan dun sa kalalakihan.