[Urgent Appeal] Justice for Dusit Hotel Workers

Dear Friends,

The undersigned is the current Executive Director of the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN) a trade union ngo founded after the EDSA Revolution in 1986 in the Philippines .

Prior to my work in LEARN, i was the local president of the NUWHRAIN-Dusit Hotel Nikko Chapter, which is an affiliate of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and the IUF.

While we are supposed to be a democratic society, our constitutional right to freedom of expression and association in the context of labor relations is being undermined by the decision of Justice Presbitero Velasco of the Philippine Supreme Court. Not only it is anomalous but also unconstitutional.

The issue pertains not only to us but to all workers in the Philippines since the decision penned by Justice Presbitero Velasco of the 2nd Division of the Court ruled, by twisted and tortured logic, that by exercising our right to freedom of expression by shaving our heads will be treated as an illegal strike – despite the absence of work stoppage and slowdown. Far worse would be the plight of public sector workers, having no right to strike and full bargaining rights, with this decision their right to peaceful and lawful concerted activities will now be undermined as well.

Fortunately, because of the complaint of the IUF along with other 19 Philippine trade union organization cutting across the political spectrum, was one of the 8 cases investigated by the ILO High Level Mission in the Philippines in September 2009. Last November 2010, the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association disagrees with Philippine Supreme Court decision and finding the Philippine Government of violating ILO Convention 87 and 98.

it is a welcome development for us, however nothing substantial has happened until now. So we are now appealing to you and help us in our campaign. Hereunder is a link to a video documentary entitled “Hoy Kalbo Tanggal ka sa Trabaho (Hey Baldhead Your Fired!) as well as a petition on-line addressed to our President. Similarly, we also would like to request your help if you could also fax an attached letter to our President as well as the Department of Labor Secretary of your support and concern to our plight. We request further if you could share it with your friends as widely as possible. It will be a big help to our cause. Finally, we enjoin all our friends not to patronize the Dusit Thani Hotel Manila.

link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve82oihAsCQ

link to the petition:
http://www.petitiononline.com/20110501/petition.html

Thank you in advance for your support and solidarity. if you need further information just write to us and will be willing to reply as soon as possible.

We remain.

Rey C. Rasing
(P.S. if you faxed the petition letter,if you have time is it possible to inform us?)

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