Labor group blasts poor enforcement of labor laws


Posted at Jun 10 2018 04:10 PM

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MANILA - Contractualization, rising inflation, government red tape and corruption are just among the issues that make the Philippines one of the worst places for working people, a labor group said Sunday.

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress (ALU-TUCP) of the Philippines believes the Global Workers' Rights Index 2018 report saying the Philippines is among the 10 worst countries for workers is accurate. 

"The situation is getting worse because of the government's lack of enforcement of labor laws, and because business owners want to improve their profit and they want to do away with [labor] unions," Alan Tanjusay, ALU-TUCP spokesman, told ANC.

The recent Global Workers' Rights Index gave Manila the lowest rating of 5 saying there was "no guarantee of rights" in the country. Other reasons cited were "intimidation and dismissals, violence, and repressive laws."

"The call to action for government is to really allow workers to be organized and to be represented by labor unions. There has to be a social dialogue between labor unions, government, and business owners," he said.