Workers victory against Philippines broadcaster

On Thursday, February 26 the Court of Appeals in the Philippines upheld the decision by the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) to recognize continually contracted staff at GMA as workers. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) strongly welcome the decision by the Court of Appeals as a win for workers’ rights in the Philippines.

Credit: GMA Network

In 2014, the Talent Association of GMA Network (TAG) filed a case at the NLRC against GMA, for its refusal to regularize "talents" whose contracts were continually renewed over a course of a period. The ruling made by the NLRC was in favor of the workers.

On Thursday, the Court of Appeals upheld the decision; GMA can still elevate the case to the Supreme Court.

In its statement, NUJP congratulates Talents Association of GMA for courageously sustaining and winning the struggle for their rights and welfare. Their unity and determination is an inspiration to all media workers who are now fighting to improve their working conditions and economic welfare.

“At the same time, we call on the owners and managers of GMA Network to do right by their workers and immediately implement the CA decision, and urge all media houses to end the onerous policy of contractualization and engage their employees in crafting ways to improve their welfare,” NUJP said.

In a statement the TAG said that it welcomes the decision. "The purpose was always clear to us – to shine the light on a prevalent issue that affects millions of Filipinos, and to increase the pressure on companies and the government to stop this unjust, inhumane, and illegal labor treatment," TAG said.

The IFJ said: “We welcome the decision of Court of Appeals. Working conditions for media workers is still a major concern in the region. We express our solidarity and support to the Talents Association of GMA. Their spirit will inspire media workers to take actions and fight for their rights. The victory also sends a strong pressure to the employers to end poor treatment to the workers.”

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