Solidarity message at the 47th anniversary of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the 47th anniversary of Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), 14 December 2022, Manila, Philippines

Statement | Manila, Philippines | 14 December 2022
The International Labour Organization (ILO) sends warm greetings of solidarity to my sisters and brothers from the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and its affiliates.

Congratulations on your 47th anniversary as a trade union movement.

The theme “Sustaining Gains and Moving Forward for Workers” is indeed timely, as we increasingly shift towards more face-to-face engagements.

To expand its network, TUCP reaches out to more partners as it moves forward.

This endeavour operates in the context of evolving and emerging challenges and multiple crises, including technological change, climate change, population growth and, more recently, health and economic crises, which requires outreach to workers in non-traditional forms of work.

Throughout the years, the TUCP has been an active partner of the ILO on issues related to the world of work.

On the legislative front, TUCP continues to sit as a Party List representative, advocating for decent work and workers’ rights.

The ILO reaffirms its commitment to supporting legislation in line with international labour standards.

The ILO supports TUCP’s call for trade union unity and solidarity on key issues of common interest as this amplifies the voice of workers.

The ILO commends trade unions and workers organizations, including TUCP, for achieving another milestone by adopting the 15-Point Labour Agenda for the next five years.

This agenda will guide ILO’s support and partnership with trade unions and workers organizations like the TUCP, including measures to respond to the ILO’s Global Call to Action for a Human-Centred Recovery.

The Global Call provides a clear and comprehensive way forward for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery with people at the centre.

We support the advancement of workers’ participation within the United Nations system.

We hope for stronger trade union partnership and engagement in the UN, starting with the Common Country Analysis, and its subsequent UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, which will guide UN system-wide work in the next four years.

The ILO appreciates TUCP’s partnership. As you continue to advocate decent work in addressing new challenges, may you continue to have the fortitude to reach more workers and sustain partnerships so that no one is left behind.

Thank you and mabuhay (long live)!