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  • PISTON: Crackdown on jeepneys is a crackdown on affordable, accessible public transport

    PISTON: Crackdown on jeepneys is a crackdown on affordable, accessible public transport

    PISTON denounces the government-imposed nationwide crackdown on unconsolidated jeepneys starting today, May 16, as a deliberate massacre of transport workers’ livelihoods and an attack on the people’s right to accessible and affordable public transport. Even two weeks after the April 30 deadline, the Marcos government has yet to lay out concrete plans for supporting and…

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  • PISTON on Labor Day: Workers’ rights, not franchise consolidation, are what’s non-negotiable

    PISTON on Labor Day: Workers’ rights, not franchise consolidation, are what’s non-negotiable

    It is especially daunting that on May 1, 2024, as the world commemorates the International Labor Day, jeepney drivers and operators who refuse to partake in the corporate-driven and foreign-oriented public transport modernization program of the Marcos regime and its franchise consolidation policy are designated as illegal, or colorum, by the very same government entrusted…

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  • PISTON denounces intimidation tactics: Excessive police presence thwarts right to strike

    PISTON denounces intimidation tactics: Excessive police presence thwarts right to strike

    PISTON condemns the outrageous police deployment in response to today’s strike. Massive police presence were seen blocking the University Ave in UP Diliman, Monumento, E. Rodriguez Ave., Welcome Rotonda, and España Blvd. Police were reportedly barring jeepney drivers, operators, and supporters from holding peaceful assemblies and demonatrations. Police were even coercing and threatening drivers and…

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  • PISTON to SC: ‘Block PUVMP now to prevent grave injury in transport sector’

    PISTON to SC: ‘Block PUVMP now to prevent grave injury in transport sector’

    PISTON continues to urge the Supreme Court to swiftly block the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) with a supplemental motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the new Department of Transportation (DOTr) Department Order (DO) No. 2023-022 which repealed the previous order, DO No. 2017-011, serving as guidelines for the PUVMP implementation. The petition raises…

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  • PISTON gears up for franchise consolidation deadline, Labor Day with another strike

    PISTON gears up for franchise consolidation deadline, Labor Day with another strike

    Progressive transport group PISTON has announced plans to push back against the end-of-month franchise consolidation deadline with another transport strike scheduled to begin on April 29 and will lead up to Labor Day on May 1. “The Marcos regime’s disregard for the long-standing plea of drivers and operators to scrap forced franchise consolidation blatantly jeopardizes…

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