November 30: Day of Bonifacio and the toiling masses

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Workers, urban-poor and other sectors marched from Liwasang Bonifacio to the the Mendiola Bridge in Manila to commemorate Andres Bonifacio’s 159th day, which they also declared as the Day of the Toiling Masses. Among the marchers were the Kilusang May Uno and the All Workers Unity, Bayan and its organizations, and the Nagkaisa and Paggawa under the banner of United Labor. Around 6,000 participated in the mass action.

They demanded wage increases, and lowering prices of commodities. They placed the current daily living wage at ₱1,100 in the private sector and ₱33,000 per month for government employees.

In Baguio City, various sectors marched from Sunshine Park to Igorot Park. Various democratic groups, including the youth, also staged protests in Crossing, Calamba in Laguna.

Rallyists gathered at Freedom Park in Davao City despite heavy rains. Rallies were also held at Carbon Free Market Freedom Park in Cebu City, in Iloilo City and at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City.

Before the protest day, progressive unions and federations staged preparatory actions.

The Alliance of Health Workers held a noise barrage in front of the Department of Health on November 24. They demand that entry-level monthly salaries of health workers in the private and public sector be raised to ₱33,000. Simultaneous actions were staged at hospitals in Baguio City, Bacolod City and in Manapla, Negros Occidental.

On November 22, six major federations and organizations of government employees gathered in Quezon City to call for the increase in the minimum salaries of employees up to ₱33,000.

Meanwhile, the workers’ union in Technol Eight Philippines succeeded in their fight for wage increases in negotiations with the company on November 24. Included among the gains achieved in their CBA is a ₱50 daily wage increase for the next 2 years, a bonus of ₱30,000, free rice and union leave.


November 30: Day of Bonifacio and the toiling masses