Philippines: Trade Union Mobilization
On March 5, 2009, trade unionists representing 18 Philippine centers/unions, federations, Global Union Federation (GUF) affiliates and local unions met in Quezon City, Manila to discuss forming a Philippines Trade Union Ban Asbestos Network. Commenting on the day's developments, Gerard Seno, National Vice President of Associated Labor Unions (ALU), said: Our collective strength will be more effective in pushing legislators and government agencies to take action.
Measures which will be pursued to achieve a national asbestos ban include:
A joint communiqué signed by the majority of participants at the meeting affirmed their commitment to this program. Future action to further the strategies delineated will be spearheaded by a Technical Working Group. The March 5 asbestos forum signalled the revitalization of the trade union ban asbestos campaign in the Philippines.
March 13, 2009
1 Seno G. Philippine Trade Union Network on Asbestos Ban Formed. March 2009.