Filipino Activists Respond To Crackdowns On Labor Organizing
International Labor Day, or “May Day”, was on Wednesday, May 1. It’s the day that workers and labor organizers have observed since a general workers strike in Chicago’s Haymarket Square on the same day in 1886 to demand an eight-hour workday. The demonstrations turned violent and a number of protesters were killed. To commemorate, union representatives from around the globe joined demonstrations in Chicago. Two labor organizers from the Philippines visited Chicago: Ed Cubelo, chairman of Metro Manila’s May First Movement chapter; and Mong Palatino, a blogger, activist and former congressman. As next week’s local elections approach, they join today’s show to talk about President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdowns on labor organizing, their movement to increase the national minimum wage, and the extrajudicial killings of farmers, organizers and President Duterte’s political opponents.