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    Bantay Kita is the lead applicant for this Sudden Opportunity project having a strong financial absorption capacity and a repeat grantee familiar with Voice reporting guidelines. Bantay Kita is a strong coalition of civil society organisations advocating for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry. It is a local affiliate of the global Publish What You Pay Coalition, and engages in the multi-stakeholder Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), coordinating civil society. It envisions empowered communities that promote sustainable development and good governance of natural resources.

    Oriang Women’s Group, the main implementer of the project, is a local women’s movement founded as a contribution of women activists to the growing global women’s movement, expanding the fight for women’s rights and for gender and social justice alongside calls for a better world for their families and children.  They are women leaders from across social and sectoral movements from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Among these women are veteran feminist activists engaged in fights for global climate justice, defense of democracy, human rights, workers’ rights, and the right to livelihood, land and housing.

    • Organisation

      Bantay Kita is the lead applicant for this Sudden Opportunity project having a strong financial absorption capacity and a repeat grantee familiar with Voice reporting guidelines. Bantay Kita is a strong coalition of civil society organisations advocating for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry. It is a local affiliate of the global Publish What You Pay Coalition, and engages in the multi-stakeholder Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), coordinating civil society. It envisions empowered communities that promote sustainable development and good governance of natural resources.

      Oriang Women’s Group, the main implementer of the project, is a local women’s movement founded as a contribution of women activists to the growing global women’s movement, expanding the fight for women’s rights and for gender and social justice alongside calls for a better world for their families and children.  They are women leaders from across social and sectoral movements from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Among these women are veteran feminist activists engaged in fights for global climate justice, defense of democracy, human rights, workers’ rights, and the right to livelihood, land and housing.

    • Project

      Lakbayan/Kampo or March/Campaign to Stop Contractualisation of Workers is a response to the harassment being experienced by women workers of  a big private company called DBSN Farms Agriventures, Inc. It brings the campaign from Albuera and Leyte to the capital Manila to put a stop to the abuse by the DBSN Management and for them to comply with labour standards and respect the rights of women workers. Through concerted efforts by Bantay Kita, Oriang Women’s Group, DBSN Workers’ Union – SUPER Federation, and partner civil organisations, this campaign is expanding the space for political participation of women workers as they dialogue with the responsible organisations.

      Apart from mobilisation efforts towards their Lakbayan Camp to Manila, the project conducts a series of sharing sessions with students and other support groups, holding press conferences and fora to amplify the experiences and calls for justice of these women. The project envisions the end of contractualisation, provision of regular and decent jobs to women workers, improved working and living conditions of these workers and their families, and reduced incidents of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and workers. This project is creating a platform where the affected workers themselves can voice out their demands and be heard, engaging other sectors to act thus effecting necessary changes.

  • Project

    Lakbayan/Kampo or March/Campaign to Stop Contractualisation of Workers is a response to the harassment being experienced by women workers of  a big private company called DBSN Farms Agriventures, Inc. It brings the campaign from Albuera and Leyte to the capital Manila to put a stop to the abuse by the DBSN Management and for them to comply with labour standards and respect the rights of women workers. Through concerted efforts by Bantay Kita, Oriang Women’s Group, DBSN Workers’ Union – SUPER Federation, and partner civil organisations, this campaign is expanding the space for political participation of women workers as they dialogue with the responsible organisations.

    Apart from mobilisation efforts towards their Lakbayan Camp to Manila, the project conducts a series of sharing sessions with students and other support groups, holding press conferences and fora to amplify the experiences and calls for justice of these women. The project envisions the end of contractualisation, provision of regular and decent jobs to women workers, improved working and living conditions of these workers and their families, and reduced incidents of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and workers. This project is creating a platform where the affected workers themselves can voice out their demands and be heard, engaging other sectors to act thus effecting necessary changes.

  • Results

    Aileen Claros became a single mom early on and worked hard to raise her child. She got into a relationship while working, but separated as her partner wanted her to resign from her leadership roles in the union.

    She served as the breadwinner of her family, and it was a challenge for her to serve as a leader in the DBSN workers union. Despite not finishing her studies, it didn’t become a hindrance for Aileen to adjust and understand labour laws. She was able to learn the labour laws easily and connected her situation in the union. Despite her fears, she is the calmest of the union leaders. In fact, during her imprisonment, she cared more about her fellow workers detained in Military-controlled prisons.

    As of now, she is working as a caregiver in Cebu City to pay for the studies of her child, but she regularly attends the union meetings. For Aileen, to stand for worker rights is the responsibility of all workers.

    Oriang members dramatise the agony of the contractual women workers during the commemoration of International Women’s Day, March 08, 2019.

    To achieve its set of objectives for this project campaigns to stop contractualisation of Workers, Bantay Kita implemented a two-pronged approach (on the national campaign against contractualisation/ “end endo” and in the campaign to stop illegal dismissals, harasments, threats and contractualisation of workers at the DBSN Farms Agriventures in Albuera, Leyte.)  Oriang was part of the multiform campaign, which mobilised different stakeholders workers, federations, non-government organisations (NGOs), Church and religious, students/academe, environmental advocacy groups and social movements in collaboration with the affected workers from DBSN who were in the lead.

    DBSN workers actively joined and shared with the people in the mobilisation, and the general public was made aware of their plight, demands and actions for changes needed. The process by which union members and women affected by intimidations and harassment inflicted by the management was handled through collective actions and support mechanisms. They learned about their rights, the reasons why these were happening and why they needed to fight and struggle through their collective actions.

    Their actions forced their employer to finally pay the 13th-month pay and other mandatory benefits to the workers who were still connected to the factory, hopefully with all other compulsory benefits as required by law. They have seen what collective action can also do against the powers of a major owner of a company.

    Although they weren’t able to stop the malpractices of contractualisation work, the grantee was able to empower the women workers of DBSN and have been with them every step of the way, even during the trying times of facing legal cases filed against them by DBSN.

     

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