The largest labor federation in the country on Tuesday revealed its plan to join the national elections next year by fielding and endorsing candidates who will fight for the workers’ interests and rights.
Alan Tanjusay, chairman of the Labor Party of the Philippines (LLP), on Tuesday said “the [LLP] intends to field and endorse national and local candidates including sectoral representatives in the forthcoming presidential elections on May 2016 who will espouse and promote our party platforms and programs.”
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country has almost 42 million workers as of May 2015.
Establishment of a labor political party is a first in the history of the Philippine labor movement.
Tanjusay, also policy advocacy officer of Associated Labor Unions (ALU) and spokesman for the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa), said the LLP is already preparing for the elections while awaiting the approval of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to accept the LLP as a registered and accredited political party.
He, however, clarified that TUCP party-list will continue to participate in the party-list elections.
“Established in December 2014, the LPP aims to bring together members and supporters who share its values and principles to develop policies and to make communities stronger through collective action and support on issues relating to labor rights and labor standards, wider-sharing of the country’s prosperity, social welfare, promotion and protection of local industries and enterprises in the face of globalization, a strong and self-reliant defense force,” Tanjusay said.