Biggest union seeks
COMELEC accreditation for its labor-based national political party
September 1, 2015
QUEZON CITY – The
largest and one of the oldest labor federation in the country the
Associated Labor Unions (ALU) announced they have formed the country’s
first ever union-based national political party called Labor Party of
the Philippines (LPP) and have sought Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
accreditation for it last week.
“Unionized and unionized
members from different industries who are the core members of the
party intends to field and endorse national and local candidates
including sectoral representatives in the forthcoming presidential
elections on May 2016 who will espouse and promote our party platforms
and programs,” said Alan Tanjusay, policy advocacy officer of the ALU
and chairman of the LPP.
Established on December
2014, the LPP aims to bring together members and supporters who share
its values and principles to develop policies and to make communities
stronger through collective action and support on issues relating to
labor rights and labor standards, wider-sharing of the country’s
prosperity, social welfare, promotion and protection of local
industries and enterprises in the face of globalization, a strong and
self-reliant defense force.
“Once we get Comelec
accreditation, we expect the LPP to expand its membership with our
partnership with other groups from labor, cooperatives, financial
institutions, chambers of commerce, industry groups, peasant, women,
fisherfolks, urban poor, indigenous peoples, handicapped, veterans,
overseas Filipino workers, professionals, senior citizens, youth and
environment,” Tanjusay said.
Registered as a labor
federation at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in April
1954, the ALU is a pioneer aggrupation of unions in the country. It
manages various Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) and render
regular legal, dental and social service to its 120,000 land-based and
sea-based regular members. The LPP headquarters and regional offices
are located at all ALU buildings and offices in 9 regions.