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2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Philippines

Publisher International Trade Union Confederation
Publication Date 6 June 2013
Cite as International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Philippines, 6 June 2013, available at: [accessed 24 January 2018]
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Anti-union discrimination: The President of the Hong Kong-Shanghai Banking Corporation Employees' Union (HSBCEU), a vocal critic of HSBC's outsourcing programme was dismissed as a result of his criticism of management.

On 15 January 2013, union officials from the PMI Faculty and Employees Union Alberto Porlacin, Joseph Nelson Sarabia, Violeta Dano, Nelson Estano, Victorino Cabalit, and Joel Langcamon were dismissed by PMI-Bohol Colleges. There was no valid justification for dismissal. The termination came after the union engaged in negotiations over issues such as benefits, work schedules, and grievance procedures. PMI-Bohol Colleges increased security and threated the leader of the Student Body Council with dismissal should he support the strike which was announced as a result of the dismissals.

Interference in collective bargaining: The HSBCEU was banned from entering the HSBC premises when negotiations with respect to a new collective agreement were about to start.

Imprisonment of union leaders: Two union leaders have been charged with "revolting" against the government and were imprisoned on 29 April 2012. Unions organised a protest on 18 January 2013 to protest against the systematic imprisonment of union leaders.

Interference in strike action: The President and the Ministry of Labour can ask the police and military to enforce a return-to-work order under the Assumption of Jurisdiction Order.

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