Casiño calls on gov’t to uphold RPN workers’ right, public interest
MAKABAYAN lone senatorial bet Teddy Casiño calls on the government to be true to its promise and fulfill its responsibility to the workers of RPN 9 and the public.
Casino cited Presidential Spokesperson Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma statement in March 2011 assuring employees of RPN 9 that they will retain their jobs.
ABS-CBN.com in March 2, 2011 quoted Coloma as saying “Walang mangyayari sa kanila, buo ang sweldo nila, buo ang benepisyo nila. Status quo. Walang pinagbago. Magbabago lang yung programa, yung itsura ng lalabas sa screen. Pero yung mga emplyado na nagtatrabaho, they stay in their places, their employment is secure. They remain employees of the network. There is no impact on the employees.” (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/03/01/11/govt-privatizing-rpn-9-ibc-13).
The case of RPN 9 proves once again the perils of privatization. The workers rights are affected and consequently public service. The plight of the 200 workers in RPN 9 losing their jobs is no different from the case of MWSS workers laid off from work when it was privatized, Casiño said.
The government should uphold workers and peoples rights at all times, Casiño stressed. It should review its privatization plans on media and public services considering its effect on the workers and the people.
Even if the government owns only 30% of the shares in RPN9, it has the mandate and responsibility to protect the workers and the people, Casiño said.