OAKLAND, California – Asian American labor leaders, organizers and supporters condemned Philippine President Duterte’s war on drugs that has resulted in the “continued increase in victims of extrajudicial killings” and unwillingness to stop the exploitative “contractualization” of employees.
A federal court later held Marcos responsible for the murders and ordered the dictator’s estate to pay millions in damages to the union leaders’ survivors.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) – the world’s largest trade union – named the Philippines, for the third year in a row, among the ten worst countries for workers’ rights.
APALA, founded in 1992, is the national organization of AAPI workers, union members, and allies, advocating for worker, immigrant, and civil rights.
It is supported by the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations – the federation of 55 national and international labor unions representing 12.5 million workers.