Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Philippine labor groups, employers to discuss workers’ rights with ILO

LABOR groups and other activist organizations hold a protest rally in Manila on Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day. — REUTERS

PHILIPPINE labor groups and employers are set to meet with a team from the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Manila this week to discuss cases of harassment and violence against trade unions.

In a statement last week, the Leaders Forum said it would push the rule of law and justice at the three-day meeting that will start on Jan. 23.

“Respect for labor rights as guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution, national labor laws and ILO conventions is indispensable for investments and economic growth,” it said.

ILO Bureau of Worker’s Activities Director Maria Helena André has said the Philippine government should uphold the law since rights violations would deter investments and economic activity.

The ILO high-level tripartite mission to the Philippines will look into the killings of trade unionists and other violations of workers’ rights.

The Leaders Forum includes the  Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and the Federation of Free Workers.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla has said the state does not sanction attacks, harassment or intimidation of activists and unionists.

He said an inter-agency task force on extralegal killings had investigated at least 17,000 police officers.

The Philippines has accepted 200 recommendations from member-states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, including investigating extralegal killings and protecting journalists and activists.

The UN Human Rights Committee has said the Philippines should comply with international human rights mechanisms.

Human rights abuses continued in the first six months of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s rule, Human Rights Watch said this month.

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights has said the government of ex-President Rodrigo R. Duterte had encouraged a culture of impunity by hindering independent inquiries and failing to prosecute erring cops involved in the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

Meanwhile, Jose “Sonny” G. Matula, a labor lawyer and president of the Federation of Free Workers, said government agents did not do enough to ensure the prosecution of 17 police officers in the murder of an activist.

This was after government prosecutors dismissed the murder complaint for lack of evidence.

“We are disappointed with the dismissal,” he said in a Viber message. “It appears that the authorities did not help the private complainant in gathering enough evidence.”

Mr. Matula said labor groups would bring up the murder of nine activists during a series of police raids in March 2021 with the ILO. — John Victor D. Ordoñez

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Pressure on the Tory Party chairman increases as the head of HMRC says there are no penalties for ‘innocent errors’. Nadhim...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> With the increased threat of industrial strike action looming across the UK, we consider whether a force majeure clause can strike...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> TSB’s 5,700 staff and executives are to share a 10% bigger bonus pot this year, after rising interest rates pushed the...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> NatWest is to shut another 23 branches in England and Wales, adding to a raft of high street banking closures already...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> Shell has put more than 2,000 jobs in the UK at risk after launching a “strategic review” of its domestic energy...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> British taxpayers have become shareholders in a further 53 companies backed by a government rescue funding scheme. These firms include a...

You May Also Like

News

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...

News

REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...

News

BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...

News

KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...

Disclaimer: Respect Investment.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.