Manila, Philippines – The Philippines is among the 10 “worst” countries for workers’ rights, the world’s largest trade union federation said in its Global Rights Index 2018.
Joining the Philippines in the list are Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said workers in the Philippines are likely to experience “violence” as well as “intimidation and reprisals.”
It also called out the Philippines for its “repressive laws.”
ITUC noted that conditions in Asia-Pacific have deteriorated with an “increase in violence, criminalization of the right to the strike and a rise in arrests, detention and imprisonment of labour activists and trade union leaders.”
“All 22 countries in the region violated collective bargaining and the right to strike,” it said.
ITUC’s Global Rights Index 2018 ranks 142 countries against 97 internationally recognized indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected in law and in practice.
“Democracy is under attack in countries that fail to guarantee people’s right to organize, speak out and take action,” said ITUC general manager Sharan Burrow.
ITUC has been collecting data on violations of workers’ rights to trade union membership and collective bargaining around the world for more than 30 years.
Global Rights Index 2018 is the group’s fifth index.
The 2018 ITUC Global Rights Index rated countries from one to five according to 97 indicators, with an overall score placing countries in rankings of one to five.