HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 4 no. 3 (1956)

Fifty Years of Philippine Progress

Eufronio M. Alip

Discipline: History



At no time in the history of our country has labor asserted itself and its power been felt as it is now, and what labor has gained, capital evidently has lost. In big farm holdings labor has succeeded, by Congressional legislation, in getting a share of 70 percent of the crop, as against 50 per cent in pre-war days. In remote areas plantation owners have had to content themselves with whatever their tenants are willing to give them, for in the absence of adequate peace and order, these owners can do nothing more. In factories and government-owned firms, labor's strong hand is shown by its resorting to strikes almost indiscriminately and yet effectively. For this reason the Department of Labor and the Court of Industrial Relations have never been so heavily loaded with cases of labor-capital and labor-management disputes as they are today.