Philippine workers march in protest at short-term contracts

Philippine workers march in protest at short-term contractsBy Romeo Ranoco MANILA (Reuters) – Thousands of Philippine workers and activists marched in a May Day rally in Manila on Tuesday in protest against what they said was President Rodrigo Duterte’s failure to keep a campaign promise to get rid of short-term employment contracts. There were no reports of violence, but the presidential palace complex was locked down, initially denying journalists’ access as protesters burned Duterte’s effigy with a sign “Liar King” several hundred meters outside. A pledge to act against employers who hire workers short-term and without adequate benefits helped Duterte, a former city mayor, win the presidency in May 2016.


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Democrats turn up heat on EPA chief over contracts, moonlighting

Democrats turn up heat on EPA chief over contracts, moonlightingBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pressed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to explain how an agency contract was awarded last year to the business associate of a member of his personal security detail. In a letter to Pruitt, Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee raised concerns that the security detail member, Pasquale Perrotta, may have exercised improper influence in the awarding of the contract. Perrotta is also a principal at Sequoia Security Group.


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