30 November 2020
Today, November 30, unionists from around the globe are mobilising in solidarity with workers and the people of the Philippines.
Repression of trade unions in the Philippines is intensifying under President Duterte and his new Anti-Terror Law, which has been condemned by critics as a means to target opponents and suppress free speech.
Human and trade union rights are under serious threat and red-tagging (blacklisting) and unsolved killings of Filipino trade unionists needs global action.
Filipino workers and unions are united in their call for “Trabaho, Karapatan, Kaligtasan, Pananagutan” (Jobs, Rights, Safety, Accountability).
Union Aid Abroad APHEDA and the Australian union movement including the ANMF (SA Branch) stand in solidarity with workers in the Philippines.
The following is a list of ways you can take action in solidarity (in person or online) with workers and the people of the Philippines who are fighting to defend democracy and secure human and trade union rights.
Social Media Action
- Please take a selfie with this sign (right) and/or wear red on Monday.
- Use the hashtags #HandsOffTradeUnionsPH and #NoToTerrorLawPH.
- Tag the ACTU (@unionsaustralia) and also Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA (@APHEDA).
The Australian union movement is asking the Duterte government to listen to the voice of the working people of the Philippines and take the following actions:
- Stop red-tagging against trade unions and civil society organisations and demand accountability for the extrajudicial killings.
- Repeal the Anti-Terrorism Act and the implementation regulations.
- Provide health security and safety at work for all.
- Provide job and income protection in public employment programs.
- Accept the ILO (International Labour Organization) High-Level Tripartite Mission to the Philippines.