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New labor group vows
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The General Alliance of Workers' Assemblies issued a statement of support for the officers and members of Bacolod Coca-Cola Sales Force Union and the New and Independent Workers' Organization, during the launching of the movement Saturday in Bacolod City.

The group said they believe it is their moral and sacred duty to support and protect the interests of all workers, especially their member organizations and that they will not hesitate to mobilize their forces to answer the call for solidarity, when other workers need help.

Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board representative Wennie Sancho said that GAWA, a trade union-social movement, is the umbrella organization of all workers in the public, private and informal sectors, whether organized or unorganized, regular or contractual.

Sancho, a convenor of GAWA, said the group will be the voice of the masses to help them achieve economic emancipation.

He said membership includes workers, regardless of their position, and designation.

Sancho said there are many bills in Congress criminalizing contractualization. “But unfortunately, they must be gathering dust because majority of the members of Congress are capitalists,” he said.

The group held a symbolic tearing of a mock workers contract during a press conference Saturday.

Hernanie Braza, of the Trade Union of the Philippines, said the success or failure of the movement will depend on their unity.

Sancho said the group will hold its general assembly to ratify their constitution and bylaws and elect their regular officers soon. He said their officers will only for serve six months to give other members a chance.*CGS

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