Philippines: Duterte Charged at International People's Tribunal in Brussels

Press Release

17 September 2018

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) joins other marginalized and oppressed sectors this week at the International Peoples’ Tribunal (IPT) 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, charging President Rodrigo Duterte with gross, systematic labor rights violations and other crimes against Filipino workers and the Filipino people.

KMU’s delegates to the tribunal, set to be conducted on September 18-19, include representatives from the banana plantation workers of Sumifru, based in Compostela Valley; contractual workers of condiment giant NutriAsia, based in Bulacan; and drivers and operators of national transport group PISTON.

 “Over the past two years, Duterte has actively worsened the plight of Filipino workers. He must be held accountable for his crimes,” said Lito Ustarez, KMU Vice-Chairperson for Political and External Affairs.

 The Philippines was tagged by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in its 2018 report as among the “worst countries in the world for workers,” based on deteriorating conditions of labor in the country.

 “Under this regime, workers who protest these unjust and inhumane conditions have been killed, arrested, and brutally dispersed for daring to fight for their rights and welfare,” said Ustarez.

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Neoliberalism in Sri Lanka: Doing Away with Workers' Rights?

Logo of the FTZ & GSEU union in Sri LankaUnion League member Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees' Union (FTZ & GSEU) in Sri Lanka calls on League supporters to sign their petition to the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, to ensure that the Department of Labour protect workers' fundamental right to organize. 

Sign the union's petition now

Show your support for workers' fundamental rights in Sri Lanka! The workers are standing up to the interests of large, highly profitable corporations who align themselves with the governments of Producing Countries to drive conditions and wages down for their own profit! 

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Bangladeshi Workers Deserve a Fair Minimum Wage!

NGWF Statement

"The activists of the garment sector and the activists of the Federation of Industry all Global Union and two affiliate federations demands for determining the minimum wage Tk. 16,000 and stop fun of the wage’s of the workers. * National Garment Worker Federation (NGWF)* Akota Garments Workers Federation (AGWF). They demanded the wages of the garment workers Tk. 16,000 on Friday, 27th July, 2018. After a short rally is stated in front of the National Press Club at 11 am, the rally is completed on the press club, the Paltan, the Press Club, the High Court, Topkhana Road and the front of the Federation Office and Circumambulate different paths of Dhaka city.

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Racist Amazon?

We all know that Amazon makes huge profits by exploiting the labor of its warehouse workers, the factory workers that make its licensed products, and delivery drivers. Turns out, they also profit from racist hate groups who sell their products on the site.

See the message below from our allies in the United States on their important work exposing Amazon’s unscrupulous choice to put profits over basic humanity; sign and share their petition now!

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Tejesh: "Equal Pay for Equal Work!"

Hear from Tejesh, an employee at Avery Dennison (India) Pvt. Ltd. who has seen 52 of his colleagues illegally dismissed for standing up for their basic rights. Despite Avery Dennison's best attempts at intimidation, he is not backing down because he knows all workers deserve "Equal Pay for Equal Work"!

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Sri Lankan Workers Call for ILO Convention Against Violence and Harassment on the Job!

Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees' Union joins a coalition of unions in Sri Lanka to call on the ILO to adopt a convention against workplace violence and harassment!:

"Support an ILO Convention on 'Violence Against Men and Women in the world of work'
Memorandum to the Sir Lanka Delegation to the ILC Round Table Conference 

3 June 2018,Geneva

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Bangladesh: NGWF Calls for Eid Bonuses to be Paid!

Demand by National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) for payment of Festival bonus and salary allowance of garment workers immediately. They mentioned that, Festival Bonus is no longer kindness or custom, but Law. Therefore, not to pay Festival Bonus at the right time, it means the violation of the law.

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USA: Solidarity with Gülden, Illegally Dismissed Hugo Boss Worker!

Unionists in the USA stand in solidarity with Gülden, founding member of TEKSiF's Hugo Boss factory union who was illegally dismissed on May 21, 2018! Union League Solidarity Committee members went to the Hugo Boss retail store at the World Trade Center in New York City to protest Hugo Boss's unethical action targeting organized workers. 

"We're here to protest Hugo Boss's illegal and shameful dismissal of Gülden," said Nina Trumbo, a member of the New York City chapter of the Union League Solidarity Committee, "We demand that the company immediately hire back all illegally dismissed TEKSiF members and stop all union-busting tactics!" 

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Hugo Boss: Stop Repressing Workers in Turkey!

Hugo Boss illegally dismisses a founding member of TEKSiF's Hugo Boss factory union!

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Sri Lanka: Workers Have a Right to Celebrate May Day!

Logo of the FTZ & GSEU union in Sri Lanka**The International Union League stands in solidarity with its member Free Trade Zone & General Services Employees' Union (FTZ & GSEU) joining with ally unions to demand that the government not attack workers' right to celebrate May Day!**

 

18th April 2018
Joint Trade Union Media Release
Protest against postponing May Day and obstructing worker
commemoration

We strongly protest the decision of this “good governance” unity
government that has not only postponed the international workers’ day on
May 01 st that in Sri Lanka is a workers’ right to celebrate, but also its
attempts at disrupting any workers’ celebrations on May Day.
It was in 1956 that May Day was declared a holiday in Sri Lanka for Public,
Bank and the Mercantile sectors. After 62 years this government has
declared May Day a working day by issuing a gazette notification that has
created confusion even among the top Bureaucracy. Government has on a
unilateral decision, declared May 07 as the alternate day for May Day
celebrations. The government did not even consider it worth discussing the
issue of postponing May Day in the National Labour Advisory Council
(NLAC) before it decided on the postponement.

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