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Philippines: 96% vote union!

14 October 2013
St Luke's Medical Center (Global City) healthcare workers casting their votes and exercising their freedom of association
A resounding organising success for the PSI-affiliated Alliance of Filipino Workers, who won recognition for the St. Luke’s Medical Center Employees Association.

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.  

AFW President Angelito Calderon

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.

The PSI Philippines health project on precarious work, supported by Finnish affiliate TEHY and the solidarity organisation SASK, supported AFW activities during the campaign for recognition.







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