About TUCP

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)

Background

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) was founded on December 14, 1975. It is the most representative labor center in the Philippines with 27 labor federations and organizations under its umbrella. Its members are from all sectors and industries (agriculture, manufacturing, and services) including government employees, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and informal sector workers. Its headquarters are located in TUCP-PGEA Compound, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Affiliates

  1. All Workers Alliance Trade Union (AWATU)
  2. Associated Labor Unions – Visayas Mindanao Confederation of Trade Unions (ALU-VIMCONTU)
  3. Associated Metal and Allied Workers Union (ALU-METAL)
  4. Associated Textile, Garments and Allied Workers Union (ALU-TEXTILE)
  5. Associated Transport and Allied Workers Union (ALU-TRANSPORT)
  6. Association of Trade Unions (ATU)
  7. Associated Professional, Supervisory, Office and Technical Employees Union (APSOTEU)
  8. Confederation of Labor and Allied Social Services (CLASS)
  9. Kapisanan ng mga Kawani ng Koreo sa Pilipinas (KKKP)
  10. National Union of Portworkers in the Philippines (NUPP)
  11. Pambansang Kilusan ng Paggawa (KILUSAN)
  12. Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA)
  13. Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA)
  14. Philippine Integrated Industries Labor Union (PIILU)
  15. Associated Philippine Seafarers Union (APSU)
  16. Philippine Trade and General Workers Organization (PTGWO)
  17. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority – Association of Concerned Employees (TESDA-ACE)
  18. Alliance of Workers in the Informal Economy Sector (ALLWIES)
  19. Alyansa ng Manggagawa at Pilipinong Organisado (AMAPO)
  20. Federation of Unions of Rizal (FUR)
  21. Lakas sa Industriya ng Kapatirang Haligi Ng Alyansa (LIKHA)
  22. National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines (NACUSIP)
  23. Overseas Filipino Workers Family Association (OFW/FA)
  24. Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers Union (PACIWU)
  25. Philippine Federation of Labor (PFL)
  26. Public Sector Labor Independent Federation (PS- LINK)
  27. Samahang Manggagawang Pilipino – National Alliance of Teachers and Office Workers (SMP-NATOW)

Operational Structure

The highest governing body of the TUCP is the Convention which is held once every five years. The delegates to the Convention elect the TUCP officials and formulate major policies and initiatives which guide the TUCP’s program of action for the next five years.

In between Conventions, the TUCP is governed by the General Council which is composed of the heads of the TUCP federations. The General Council meets at least once in six months to assess and review TUCP policies and programs.

Next to the General Council is the Executive Board whose members are elected during the Convention. It meets as often as the need arises and decides on TUCP responses to crucial developments that affect the labor sector.

The day to day functions of the TUCP is carried out by its Secretariat.

Officers (Executive Board)

Elected during the 8th TUCP Convention held on April 2, 2016

Atty. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza
President
(ALU-VIMCONTU)
(Representative, TUCP Partylist)

Atty. Arnel Z. Dolendo
General Secretary
(PTGWO)

Mrs. Esperanza S. Ocampo
Treasurer
(PGEA)

Members (Vice Presidents)

Mrs. Dolores R. Alegarbes
(ATU)

Mr. Temistocles S. Dejon, Jr.
(AWATU)

Mrs. Concepcion G. Dodd
(CLASS)

Mrs. Rosalinda A. Manabat
(PTGWO)

Mr. Edmundo I. Estavillo
(KKKP)

Mr. Arthur F. Juego
(KILUSAN)

Atty. Gilbert P. Lorenzo
(NUPP)

Mr. Michael Democrito C. Mendoza
(ALU- TRANSPORT)

Mr. Luis C. Corral
(ALU-TEXTILE)

Mr. Gerard R. Seno
(APSOTEU)

Mr. Jose J. Suan
(PIILU)

Mr. Hernane Forro
(TESDA-ACE)

Secretariat

Mr. Vicente C. Camilon Jr.
Assistant General Secretary and Spokesperson

 

Vision

Prime mover in protecting the rights and advancing the interests of workers in a just and humane society.

Mission

The TUCP is committed to unify the labor movement and protect the interest of the working class.

Core Principles

  1. Democratize wealth, incomes and power.
  2. Build democratic organizations and instill nationalism, solidarity, equity and social responsibility.
  3. Improve conditions of work and life of workers and their families, including non-members.
  4. Protect workers’ wages and job security and preserve vigilance over the deterioration of working conditions.
  5. Strengthen bargaining position of unions, work towards industrial peace and development.
  6. Enhance internal and international solidarity and cohesiveness among unions of the world.
  7. Adhere to principled collaboration with government, other workers’ organizations and institutions.

Objectives

  • A democratic society where fundamental human and trade union rights are deeply respected.
  • A sustainable economy that ensures decent jobs, living wages and the equitable distribution of wealth.
  • A dynamic and responsive labor sector that is well educated, responsible, vigilant and cohesive that takes the lead in advancing the welfare of the masses.
  • Empowered communities that are self-reliant and energized to harness participation of all.
  • Families that are provided adequate opportunities for stability, growth and development.
  • Citizens who fully participate in the process and gains from the benefits of a democratic life.

Current advocacies

  • Prohibit and criminalize labor contractualization and to strengthen workers security of tenure in line with the policy statements of President Duterte
  • Involvement of trade unions in labor compliance inspection systems and mechanisms
  • Tax reforms to provide economic relief to workers
  • Increasing the pension of retired workers
  • Legislated national wage increase
  • Philippine Senate ratification of ILO Convention 151 (on public sector workers right to self-organization)
  • Ensuring a reliable supply of electricity and reduction of expensive power rates towards job creation and poverty alleviation
  • Creation of efficient, fast and affordable public transportation system like rail system
  • Establishment of universal, efficient and totally free health care system
  • Building quality and affordable homes for workers and their families

Current programs

  • Capacity-building for the protection and promotion of human and labor rights
  • Revitalizing workers organizing activities to help TUCP affiliates and unions to expand membership
  • Reviving technical education program for workers, their families and communities including youth and unemployed workers
  • Participating with government agencies on the following:
    • Enhancing productivity
    • Ending child labor
    • Workers’ training
    • Women empowerment
    • Protection of migrant workers and informal sector workers
    • Promoting occupational safety and health in mines and in other industries
    • Banning harmful chemicals like asbestos
    • HIV/AIDS control and prevention

Efforts to unify the Philippine labor sector

The TUCP is one of the lead-convenors of the Nagkaisa Labor Coalition, the largest labor coalition in the country today composed of 42 labor federations and organizations. The Nagkaisa Labor Coalition is at the forefront in the fight against contractualization and strengthening security of tenure.