|AN OUTSIDERS VIEW|
Last week, preparatory to considering recent developments regarding both wings of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, this column began viewing the history of disunity within the labor movement up to the 1950s. Let’s now deal briefly with the following half-century.
The outlawing of the communist-led Congress of Labor Organizations led to the formation of many “moderate” trade union organizations, some of which were prey to CIA influence. However, healthier organizations were also formed. As early as 1952, Cipriano Cid founded the Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions (PAFLU), and by 1964 this was claiming 121,000 affiliated members. The Philippine Trade Union Council (PTUC) was born in 1954, and that same year Ignacio Lacsina left the Jesuit-led Federation of Free Workers (FFW) to form the National Association of Trade Unions (NATU). The Katipunang Manggagawang Pilipino (KMP, Filipino Workers’ Association) was formed in 1957, participating in the nationalist campaign led by Claro M. Recto and supporting President Carlos P. Garcia’s “Filipino First” policy.
In 1963, an attempt was made to form a Philippine Labor Center by bringing together the PTUC and the KMP, which claimed to be the two largest federations. According to Jose Maria Sison writing in the Progressive Review a few years later, however, this attempt at unity “did not prosper beyond the paper agreement as if the hidden hand of the reactionaries had always been there to sabotage it and also as if the petty jealousies among the member federations could not at all be overcome.”.... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune