In Manila, about 8,000 members of a huge labor alliance, many clad in red shirts and waving red streamers, marched for four kilometers (2.5 miles) to the heavily barricaded Mendiola bridge near the Malacanang presidential palace.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III rejected their calls for a $3 daily pay hike, which he warned could worsen inflation, spark layoffs and turn away foreign investors.
Aside from pay hikes, protest leader Josua Mata from the Alliance of Progressive Labor urged Aquino to back proposed legislation against the widespread practices by businesses of contracting out certain operations to other companies to save on costs and preventing workers from organizing trade unions.
Militant workers demanding a P125 across the board wage hike burn an effigy of President Aquino during a Labor Day protest rally on Mendiola in Manila on Tuesday.
The workers dispersed peacefully after a street dialogue with three Cabinet officials. Thousands of members of another left-wing labor group, the May One Movement, were to hold a protest and burn Aquino’s effigy later Tuesday at the historic Mendiola bridge, a popular venue for anti-government protests.
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