affirms Philippines among top 10 dangerous place for workers
June 20, 2020
QUEZON CITY – The
Philippines is among the top ten worst countries for workers in 2020
based on the 2020 Global Rights Index issued by the International
Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The other countries include
Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan,
Turkey and Zimbabwe.
With this, the Associated
Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) are
fully in accord with the findings of the International Trade Union
Confederation (ITUC) and stand by their listing of the Philippines
as one of the top 10 most dangerous countries in the world for
"When we consider the
actual circumstances on the ground, the current state of labor
relations policy during the quarantine allowing wage reductions and
suspending labor rights inspections, the anti-labor and the
anti-consumer program of our economic managers to raise anew excise
taxes and opposing security of tenure, as well as the dangerous
political slide towards authoritarianism evidenced by passage of the
Anti-Terror Bill, we see the handwriting clearly on the wall:
workers rights and workers are and will be victims in the current
political environment, the labor federation in a statement said.
"There remains unresolved
assassinations, allegedly labor-related disappearances, various
repressions, red-tagging and wanton attacks on workers and workers'
fundamental rights that makes the current environment dangerous and
difficult for workers.
We foresee the conditions
to get even worse in the days ahead. With the current full
operationalization of police and military offices in ecozones to
combat what they describe as "radical trade unions", the inevitable
enactment and enforcement of anti-terror bill and the current
aggressive push by business owners in cahoots with the economic
managers for increased labor flexibilization, wage reduction and the
lowering of labor standards – using the COVID19 and the growing
great global depression as the justification to justify and peddle
their wrong-headed prescriptions to keep private profits high and
social spending low, is now making the country more dangerous and
more difficult place for workers to live and to work and are
promoting unproductive and very dangerous class warfare.
We urge our national
government to listen to us and to remember the lessons to history.
In the midst of the last great depression in the 1930's, there were
two paths taken by different models of government, those who
followed the totalitarian temptation and those who followed the path
of worker protection and social protection. The former's repression
collapsed their countries and governments around them in bitterness,
sorrow and World War defeat. The latter model led to collective
prosperity and increased grassroots democracy.
We plead to our national
leadership to step back from the brink of this totalitarian
temptation and accept the path of building back better by upholding
our individual civil and political liberties, respecting our
collective economic rights, and by putting our workers interests
first. This is the path to saving jobs and saving lives." they said.
The ITUC Global Rights
Index depicts the world's worst countries for workers based on the
degree of respect for workers' rights by rating 139 countries on a
scale from 1 to 5. Workers' rights are absent in countries with the
rating 5 and violations occur on an irregular basis in countries
with the rating 1.
The index was developed to
increase the visibility and transparency of each country's record on
workers' rights. The ITUC affiliates in the Philippines are the
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Federation of Free
Workers (FFW), Sentro, and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU).
The ITUC is the world's
largest trade union federation with 200 million workers in 163
countries through the 332-member national labor federations around
the world. It is the global voice of the world's working people.
It's mission is to promote and defend workers' rights and interests
through international cooperation between trade unions, global
campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.