29 April 2012
International delegates of mining mission to present report on Monday
Foreign delegates of the International Solidarity Mission on Mining (ISMM) and local labor groups will publicly present its mission report on Monday, April 30, 2012, 9 o’clock in the morning at the Kowloon Restaurant in West Ave. Quezon City.
The report will highlight the ISMM’s findings on their four-day mission in two regions, Cordillera and Caraga, considered as mining hotspots in the country.
Past and recent studies on mining in the Philippines have focused mainly on the industry’s impact on the environment and local communities. Reports on the labor situation in mining sites however remain sporadic and unsystematic – mainly coming from news reports of workers dying or being severely injured while at work.
The report will thus include the mission’s finding on mining’s impact on three major aspects: 1) communities’ employment, environment and livelihood vis-à-vis revenues generated or the profitability of the multinational mining companies 2) economic status and working conditions of the workers in the mines such as their wages, benefits and health and safety conditions and 3) trade union rights of workers especially with regard to fundamental principles and rights at work in line with the international labor standards and international humanitarian law.
Policymakers and lawmakers as well as other sectors of the community were invited to come to the public presentation. Other than the findings, a set of recommendations in terms of policy and campaign advocacy will also presented by the group to engage the government and other stakeholders in the achieving a more responsible and sustainable mining.
Foreign delegates of the ISMM came from various human rights and labor organizations in the countries of Australia, Belgium, Germany, South Korea, and the United States. The ISMM was organized by the Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines (MWAP), integrated Philippine Electronics Network (iPEN), Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), Institute for Occupational Health Safety and Development (IOHSAD), Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center (CBBRC) and the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU).
Media coverage and Photo ops are requested.
What: Public Presentation of Report on Mining Mission
Where: Kowloon Restaurant, West Ave. Quezon City
When: Monday, 30 April 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Mr. Reden Alcantara, Secreatry General, Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines, +63928.248.2211
Jane Siwa, Media Liason, International Solidarity Mission on Mining, +63917.468.2829
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