Philippines still Asia's most dangerous place for workers

MANILA — The Philippines is still Asia’s most dangerous place for workers.

In a survey by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Philippines ranked No. 1 in Asia and No. 3 in the world in the number of trade unionists killed in the past year. The Philippines has been on top of the list of most dangerous countries for workers for several years now.

From 2004 to 2008, the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), a Filipino human-rights NGO, recorded 70 killings and two cases of enforced disappearances in the labor sector. The authorities, especially elements from the military and the police force, are widely seen to be responsible for these killings.

Appealing for an immediate end to these killings, harassments and violations of workers’ rights, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Anakpawis Partylist jointly said the ITUC findings validate their “accusations against the Arroyo regime’s killing and oppression of workers.”

More at: Philippines Still Asia’s Most Dangerous Country for Workers, Also No. 3 in the World - Bulatlat

Visit also: Workers Assistance Center http://www.wacphilippines.com/

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