Tuesday, 24 April 2012 12:39
Some 40 major trade unions and labor federations formed an alliance on Monday to advance trade unions and workers' rights in the country.
Calling themselves as "Nagkaisa" (united), the newly-established network of labor organizations vowed to fight labor contractualization, advocate for security of tenure and fight for an across-the-board increase in workers' pay.
Among others, those who formed the Nagkaisa are Julius Cainglet, assistant vice president of Federation of Free Workers (FFW); Alan Tanjusay, policy advocacy officer of the Associated Labor Unions (ALU); and Democrito Mendoza, chairman of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).
"After a series of in-depth discussions, we, the leaders and members of major labor and trade unions and workers' organizations in the country have mutually decided to be united by embracing our diversity," Nagkaisa said in a statement during a press conference on Monday.
"In the face of the prevalent anti-worker environment and given our diverse ideologies, methodologies and approaches, our unions have continued to champion workers' right to organize, to collectively bargain, to hold strikes and to engage government in social dialogue, but with limited success. We believe that the Filipino workers can be empowered again by, first and foremost, united action among unions and workers' organizations," Nagkaisa said.
"We are forming the coalition called Nagkaisa, which will consistently and passionately work towards restoring the right to full protection and the chance to live a decent and dignified life for all Filipino working men and women — whether formal or informal, private or public, here or abroad," it added.
It is pressing for the ratification of ILO (International Labor Organization) Convention 189, otherwise known as the "Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention."
Nagkaisa, as one voice of labor, will actively engage industry and all branches of government at all levels in meaningful and progressive social dialogue to improve the plight of workers.
It will hold a rally on Labor Day (May 1) in Manila, where it plans to mobilize some 40,000 workers.
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