2021 May 20

Electronics Watch Condemns the Killing of Dandy Miguel

Electronics Watch has released a statement condemning the recent killing of Dandy Miguel, a young trade union leader in the Philippines. He was shot dead on 28 March while riding his motorcycle home from work. Attacks against unionists, activists and critics have escalated during the Duterte regime and the pandemic. Last year the Philippines was ranked among the ten worst countries for violations of workers' rights.

Gemma Freedman of the public sector union, UNISON, and a trustee of Electronics Watch said: “I am shocked and disturbed by yet another murder of a Philippine trade unionist for attempting to practice what are recognised as universal human rights. These are the foundation of democratic, healthy societies. Trade unionists like Dandy should be welcomed to the negotiating table by employers and given protection by governments so they do not have to fear for their lives.  We redouble our resolve to work with our members so they can use their public sector buying power to leverage safe environments for trade unionists.”

Read the statement.

Read also an update on the impact of COVID-19 on workers in the Philippines from Electronics Watch monitoring partner, CTUHR.