Striking HAU teachers, employees get support-A A +A
Friday, August 23, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- The Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD)-Cebu has expressed its support for the striking members and officers of the Holy Angel University Teachers and Employees Union (Hauteu).
The Hauteu went on strike August 15 demanding increases in their salaries and benefits from the university's tuition increases in the last three years. Students and various sectors have expressed support for the group.
In statement, the KPD said the strike is part of the group's lawful right to express their grievances.
"Ang laban ng mga guro at empleyado ng Hauteu ay isang makatarungang laban na karapatdapat na suportahan," KPD said.
Last Thursday, some students attended a forum discussing the issues behind the protest. Hauteu members reiterated their demand for HAU to account for and disclose the amount of money it has collected from tuition increases.
Hauteu president Edmond Maniago said the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) has mandated that 70 percent of tuition increase "shall be used for the payment of increase in salaries, wages, allowance and other benefits of teaching, nonteaching and other staff."
The 20 percent, it said, "shall go to the improvement or modernization of buildings, equipment, libraries, laboratories, gymnasium and similar facility and to the payment of other costs of operations."
The remaining 10 percent goes to profit.
The HAU raised tuition for school years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, Ched documents showed. It also filed certificates complying with the 70-20-10 percent proceeds, according to reports.
Earlier, HAU said that it was saddened by the decision of its 380-member Union to stage a strike despite the ongoing mediation efforts being assisted by the government's labor department.
"We reiterate that the University has always complied with the provisions of the law regarding salary and benefits, as evidenced by successful CBA negotiations in the past, issuance of certificates of compliance by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched), and the undeniable fact that our employees and faculty enjoy competitive salaries and benefits," Hau added.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 24, 2013.