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On Human Rights Day on 10 December 2019

On Human Rights Day on December 10, 2019, the Global Union Federations are holding a global day of action on the Philippines, to protest and bring attention to the arrests, killings, and red-tagging of unionists and labour activists. PSI encourages all affiliates to show solidarity and support trade unionists at risk in the Philippines, through a number of activities:

 Join the Webinar on Violations of Trade Union Rights in the Philippines

In the past three years more than 43 trade unionists have been murdered in the Philippines. Countless more are threatened with violence and with false criminal charges. Unionists, journalists and human rights activists critical of the government or assertive their rights to organise have been labelled terrorists and enemies of the state and put on anti-terror lists in an effort to discredit them and make them vulnerable targets. This is a propaganda technique called red tagging.

The ITUC has listed the Philippines as one of the ten worst countries for workers in the world. In June the ILO’s Committee on the Application of Standards determined that a High Level Tripartite Mission should be sent to the Philippines. The Government is yet to accept the mission.

This webinar will help unionists understand the issues ahead of the global day of action. 


Daisy Arago, Executive Director of the Center for Trade Union Human Rights (CTUHR) in the Philippines, will speak about the work CTUHR has done to document the violations and the current environment for trade unions.

Raymond Basilio, General Secretary of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and a board member Education International (EI), will share his personal experience as a “target” by the government of Philippines and the plight of his trade union colleagues and ACT members.

Julius Cainglet, Vice President of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and workers representative in the Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM), will share his experience and insights on the issue.