Philippines: more legal harassment of labour activists
09 Apr 2009 19:57 GMT
Authorities in the Philippines are abusing their legal system as a means to repress workers' rights. A new court case against 33 labour-rights activists and factory workers is politically motivated and aimed at suppressing labour rights in the country.
H.E. Mr. ROMEO A. ARGUELLES
the Philippine Embassy
Laan Copes van Cattenburch 125
2585 EZ The Hague
I have been informed by the Clean Clothes Campaign that there has been a continued effort by the Government of the Philippines to intimidate labour and human rights activists and thwart their efforts to combat impunity for violence against labour leaders.
In one particular instance in the province of Cavite, 33 officials and members of the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa sa Chong Won (NMCW) and the Kaisahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Phils. Jeon Inc. (KMPJI), as well as two officers of the Solidarity of Cavite Workers (SCW) have been indicted for alleged violence against security personnel and the PEZA police force at the Chong Won and Phils. Jeon factories on Sept. 25, 2006 and Sept 27, 2006. These workers merely defended themselves against attacks from armed security people who were trying to violently break up the legitimate strike that the unions had initiated two days earlier.
The CCC sees the criminal charges against these union leaders as a way in which your government, through the Prosecutor of Cavite Province, covertly tries to intimidate these unionists, and obstruct their activities.
I also refer you to information about a similar case against labour-rights activist and lawyer Remigio Saladero Jr., who currently faces arrest over a murder charge that is widely seen as trumped up by the authorities ( http://www.cleanclothes.org/philippine-labour-rights-lawyer-
I send this email to urge your government to:
* End the campaign of intimidation against labour leaders and supporters;
* Invite the International Labour Organization to do a full and independent investigation into labour-related human-rights violations in the Philippines;
* Drop the criminal charges against the workers as well as the labour and human rights advocates, activists and organizers included in the above-mentioned case.
I stand in solidarity with the workers of the Philippines and look forward to the day when they will enjoy the full benefits of internationally recognized labour rights.
ACTION NOW !!!!