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Philippines: ILO hears testimonies of union leader murders and other labour violations

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23 September 2009

ILO probes labor rights violations in RP [Philippines]

Author: Jerome Aning, Philippine Daily Inquirer

A high-level team from the International Labor Organization heard on Wednesday complaints and testimonies about murders of trade union leaders and labor rights advocates, as well as violations of workers’ rights…from about 30 workers’ groups…The team also listened to relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings, victims of enforced disappearances and union harassment and other witnesses… [S]essions were devoted to the eight labor cases that were first brought to the ILO’s attention in 2007...[including] the case of the workers at Toyota Philippines in Laguna, Dusit Hotel in Makati City and Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac...

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23 September 2009

New labor group denounces KMU propaganda [Philippines]

Author: Marlon Ramos, Philippine Daily Inquirer

An alliance of human rights advocates and labor unions lambasted the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU, May 1 Movement) on Wednesday for allegedly deceiving the International Labor Organization (ILO) about the real situation of workers in the country...Human Rights for All Movement (HRAM) cautioned the ILO representatives on dealing with KMU, claiming the group would only use the ongoing ILO probe on reported human rights violations for its propaganda against the government...

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