The Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), a PSI affiliate since 1992, successfully organised the St. Luke’s Medical Center (Global City) Employees Association (SLMCGEA-AFW) in a Certification Election (CE) held last 7 June 2013.
A certification election is the first step in obtaining legal personality and recognition as a trade union in the Philippines for collective bargaining purposes. 96% of the total votes cast were in favour of creating a union (746 workers out of 779 voted in favour of forming a union).
The new local union will represent 1,200 members, representing nurses, pharmaceutical, support services and office personnel.
Affiliated unions of AFW joined the campaign for the favourable turnout during the certification election and the St. Lukes union now becomes AFW’s 11th affiliate. With this new affiliate, AFW’s total membership has increased from 5,000 to 6,200.