News Release ABS-CBN TV reporter Trini Velasco received a death threat via text message during the network’s coverage of the recently concluded barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections in Marawi City. Ms. Velasco, of ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro, received the message Oct. 26, the day after the elections. The ABS-CBN CDO crew had…

Starting October 12, the picket in front of ABS-CBN network’s Sgt. Esguerra gate will serve as protest center of the Internal Job Market Workers Union (IJMWU) to further pressure the network management to reinstate the 114 illegally dismissed workers and to hold certification elections, following the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) decision on their case.

Her labor case took seven years before the DOLE issued a decision saying Wheng Hidalgo is supposed to be treated as regular employee at ABS-CBN. But instead of gaining job security, Hidalgo was moved around from graveyard to late afternoon shift, and later terminated for rejecting the company’s insulting, long-delayed regularization offer. “I cannot understand why…I gave ABS-CBN my service, love, loyalty,” Hidalgo said.

Bulatlat.com Labor center KMU (May First Movement) hailed today Labor secretary Rosalinda Baldoz’s August 13 decision giving a nod to the petition for certification elections filed by ABS-CBN’s contractual workers, calling it a “positive development in the struggle against contractualization.” The decision affirmed the existence of an employer-employee relationship between the workers and the company…

The decision of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz rejecting the claim of ABS CBN that there is no employer-employee relationship between the media network and the ABS CBN Internal Job Market and approving the union’s petition for a certification election came after five months of struggle and the dismissal of 90 unionists.