Migrants set to join 24 August nationwide strike against Telecom

August 22, 2009

National Day of action for Telecom workers 24 August 2009

Migrants are now in a lose-lose situation under Telecom’s new business model. If they do sign the contract with Visionstream, they will have short-term job from 6 months to one year but they cannot apply for permanent residency. Whereas before, under Transfield and Downer they had a big chance to gain residency as their skills were under the Skilled Migrant Category. If they will not sign the contract, the company will declare them redundant and their immigration status will become precarious.

Dennis Maga, Migrante Aotearoa national coordinator says, “In the first place, the skilled migrants would not come here if there was no prospect of long-term employment. Under Visionstream, migrants were offered fixed term contracts so they have no option to renew their work permit. Job is not continuous and sustainable which are the conditions to apply for residency.”

Migrants are most vulnerable under Visionstream’s business model. Visionstream is luring migrants to sign contract while the workers at Transfield and Downers are campaigning for workers to reject the dependent contract scheme. Read the rest of this entry »


Stop political persecution

August 17, 2009


In October 2008, the Arroyo government launched a new wave of legal offensives. Seventy-two people, mostly activists in the region of Southern Tagalog, were included in a warrant of arrest on trumped up charges of multiple murder, terrorism and attempted murder.

To date, six of those people, including human rights lawyer Remigio Saladero, have been arrested. They have been denied preliminary investigation and due process from the outset. Atty Saladero is the chief legal counsel of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement). He represents many workers who have been victims of the worst union rights’ violations such as the Nestle Workers and workers of the Hacienda Luisita massacre. His arrest has denied hundreds of poor Filipino workers the dedicated service of a people’s lawyer. 

In 2007 New Zealanders played an important part in the campaign to free Congressman Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran.

We need to do the same today to bear pressure on the Philippine government, to demand the freedom of Atty. Saladero and all unjustly detained activists.

Sponsor a union organiser in the Philippines

August 17, 2009

KMU union organisers receive an allowance of $25 a week to cover their expenses. They are not paid a salary and risk their lives every day. If you would like to contribute and assist in sponsoring an organiser please let us know. Any contribution no matter how small helps support KMU organisers to overcome difficulties and continue their work. 

We are currently supporting the expense allowances of five union organisers from the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement). The KMU is a militant trade union federation committed to social movement unionism. It does not just struggle for bread and butter issues (wage rises, basic work rights) but also for the wider transformation of society. Because of its commitment to social change it has been targeted by the government and many of its organisers have been killed. The financial situation of the KMU is dire and its organisers face grave repression.

Objectives of APS

August 3, 2009

• To build a vibrant network of New Zealanders and Filipinos engaged in active solidarity with the people’s movement in the Philippines through protest actions, solidarity messages, lobbying in concerned agencies, and extending financial support to campaigns.aps logo

• To educate the New Zealand public about the economic, social and political situation in the Philippines and the struggles of the people’s movement.

• To foster relationships between people’s organisations in the Philippines and their counterparts in Aotearoa (i.e. student organisations, trade unions, Indigenous peoples and Maori).

• To organise speaking tours of activists from the Philippines to New Zealand and arrange for activists in New Zealand to visit the Philippines.

• To oppose human rights violations and to stop NZ military and police aid to the Philippines.

To participate in, and support, the activities of Migrante Aotearoa NZ (organisation of Filipino Migrants in New Zealand).