The Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and its allied organizations representing workers in different sectors and spread throughout the country today announced its support for a “Labor Agenda,” which it would propose to national and local candidates in exchange for the votes of its members.
The Labor Agenda, written in a memorandum of agreement format, will be presented soon to presidential bet. A version for aspirants for congressional, senatorial and local posts, including party-list groups, will likewise be formulated.
Josua Mata, secretary general of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), disclosed that “each of the coalition partners will actively encourage its members and supporters to vote for those who would commit to the ‘agenda,’” adding that they “will continue to join forces even after the elections to put pressure on the new government to fully implement the Labor Agenda.”
The Labor Agenda was crafted by 26 labor organizations with diverse ideological orientations – labor centers, confederations, federations, national unions and alliances –crafted this Labor Agenda after a series of intense critiquing among them, which started last month.
Far from the usual motherhood statements, the Labor Agenda identifies specific programs aimed at promoting security of tenure and quality jobs for all or full employment, improving labor justice, strengthening the protection of labor and trade union rights, and advancing the more general economic and social justice.
Banding together and creating the Labor Agenda was in response to the pathetic situation where the issues and concerns of the workers are barely discussed in the election campaign resulting to people trooping again to the polls without a clear idea of what they could expect from their candidates after being elected, the coalition said.
Some of the programs or provisions cited in the Labor Agenda are to certify as urgent the Security of Tenure Bill for the private sector workers as well as a counterpart bill for public sector employees; to limit the assumption of jurisdiction powers of the Secretary of Labor; to strictly align the country’s labor policies especially with the ILO Conventions; among others.
Signatories of the Labor Agenda are Alliance of Coca-Cola Unions-Philippines (ACCUP), Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Automotive Industry Workers’ Alliance (AIWA), Confederation of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU), Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa Government Financial Institutions (KAMAGFI), Kapisanan ng Maralitang Obrero (KAMAO), Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Pilipinas (KPMP), Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center (LMLC).
League of Independent Bank Organizations (LIBO), Liga Manggagawa (LM), Nagkaisang Lakas ng mga Manggagawa (NLM), National Alliance of Broadcast Unions (NABU), National Confederation of Transportworkers’ Unions (NCTU), National Federation of Labor (NFL), National Federation of Labor Unions (NAFLU), National Labor Union (NLU).
National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE), National Union of Building and Construction Workers (NUBCW), National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN), Philippine Metalworkers’ Alliance (PMA), Pinag-isang Tinig at Lakas ng Anakpawis (PIGLAS), Postal Employees Union of the Philippines (PEUP), Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), and Workers’ Solidarity Network (WSN).