Imagine working hard all day on a sugar plantation and coming home with a measly $0.02 USD in your pocket. This is the reality for workers on the Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation in the Philippines. Hacienda Luisita is a large sugar plantation with a sordid history that has spurred on a major local fight for rights.
The workers were held in padlocked areas at night and not allowed to leave. Those who escaped the plantation were able to contact local activist groups to help them in holding Luisita accountable for its actions. They are in the process of filing a complaint with the National Labour Relations Commission to try to prevent these slave labour conditions from continuing.
However, they need added global pressure to amplify their voices.
Will you sign today and help stop slave labour conditions?
Hacienda Luisita has a long list of worker related abuses, including a massacre in 2004 that killed twelve workers and injured hundreds more, as they picketed for better working conditions.
It’s time that Hacienda Luisita stopped evading labour laws and started treating their workers properly. Everyone deserves a fair wage for their labour. Many workers on this plantation were promised higher wages that never materialized.
Hacienda Luisita takes advantage of the high unemployment and poverty and tricks people into slave labour conditions. This must end. With enough global pressure, we could see real change for these farmers.
Sign today to make Hacienda Luisita stop their horrendous labour practices.