‘Economic reforms proof of govt sincerity in talks’
“THE implementation of social and economic reforms is the best proof that the Aquino government is sincere in conducting peace talks with the NDFP.”
This was the recent statement of labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno as the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) conduct informal meetings in preparation for the resumption of the stalled peace talks in February.
KMU was also reacting to statements from officials of the Aquino regime implying that the government intends to shortcut the peace negotiations by pushing for the elimination of discussions on social and economic reforms, and pushing for the immediate cessation of hostilities.
The labor center laid down a list of pro-worker social and economic reforms which it said should be implemented by the government.
Among them are an across-the-board wage increase, elimination of contractual and other forms of flexible work, termination of privatization of social services, among others . D’Jay Lazaro