The Philippines is listed on the worst countries for workers ranking as fifth in the top ten. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is “grievous” about this report made by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global Rights Index 2019.
Top 10 Worst Countries for Workers
The International Trade Union Confederation released the Top 10 Worst Countries for Workers last June 2019. This report meant that while laws provide certain rights in the country, “workers have effectively no access to these rights and are therefore exposed to autocratic regimes and unfair labor practices.”
Ranking as the 5ths in the list, this means the Philippines has “no guarantee of rights” for workers. The list also had Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Zimbabwe on the top ten list.
The index noted that trade union members were killed in the country and that “shrinking democratic space was witnessed” as freedom for speech and assembly are “denied or constrained.” The index also cited “violence and murder, brutal repression of public protests, and repressive laws.”
“Workers and trade unionists in the Philippines faced violent attacks and intimidation. Protests were brutally repressed by police forces in an attempt by government forces to suppress political dissent,” the index stated.
Workers Dead in the Philippines
The index also noted the death of nine sugar cane workers and members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NAMASUFA) who were shot dead by an unknown group of men in October 2018. The death of a local broadcasted in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental also triggered the media group for no justice over fellow media member.