Citing the ITUC Global Rights Index 2021, a labor NGO laments that the country’s labor rights situation worsened under the Duterte administration.
The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research emphasized that the Philippines has been listed as second-worst worldwide for environmental and land rights defenders, and the deadliest country for journalists.
“The key issues mentioned by the ITUC Report through the years included extra-judicial killings, red-tagging and union-busting. These have been more prominent with the government agency NTF-ELCAC harassing and forcing workers to disaffiliate from progressive unions and federations,” said EILER Executive-Director Rochelle Porras.
Besides the cases highlighted by the ITUC, other prominent cases of labor and trade union rights violations include the murders of union leader Dandy Miguel, president of Fuji Electric Company union under Kilusang Mayo Uno, and the murder of labor organizer Manny Asuncion in March 2021.
“The workers and trade unions play a vital role in economic recovery and resiliency, but their fundamental freedoms including freedom of association, right to organize, right to collectively bargain and the right to strike are under attack. The attacks and gross violations of labor rights bring us farther from achieving the Decent Work Agenda and sustainable economy,” ended Porras.