CWA members will participate in a global day of labor union action on December 10, International Human Rights Day, to protest the severe repression of labor union and other activists in the Philippines.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's government has been using raids, arrests, and violent attacks in an attempt to silence and intimidate brave union and progressive organizers who are seeking to improve the lives and conditions of Filipino workers.
Anne Krueger of BIEN, who helped CWA members during the Verizon strike, is among those recently arrested. Anne is out on bail and faces arraignment in the coming days and CWA continues to push for the charges to be dropped against Anne and other union members.
Recent reports indicate that the United States may begin negotiating a new free trade agreement with the Philippines. CWA opposes this action, which would send a terrible message to repressive governments everywhere, giving them a green light to continue suppressing dissent and retaliating against those who dare to speak out.
Show your support for Filipino workers by joining an International Human Rights Day action and by spreading the word about the risks they face on social media. Keep an eye on CWA's Facebook page and follow the Twitter hashtag #StopTheAttacks for posts that you can share.
In November, CWA members showed their support for CWA ally Anne Krueger and other Filipino labor union activists outside the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C.