NZ unions condemn arrests in Philippines

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is condemningthe All Saints Day evening raid on 31 October. With the arrest of over 60 unionorganisers, human rights defenders and activists in the Philippines province ofNegros. The 16th of November is an international day of action to drawattention to the actions of the Filipino government.

“It appears that the arrests arepolitically motivated as many of those arrested have questioned publiclyPresident Duterte’s hostile anti-worker policies,” CTU President Richard Wagstaffsaid.

“We know that one of those arrested, AnneKrueger, regional organiser for the BPO Industry Employee Network (BIEN) – theunion for call centre workers – was among one of those arrested on falsepretenses. Krueger has spoken out publicly about the human rights abuseshappening under President Duterte’s administration.”

“The New Zealand union movement is askingKiwis to show international solidarity by chipping in to assist these humanrights defenders with their legal costs,” Wagstaff said.

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