Teacher unionist faces death threats in Philippines
Prominent Philippine teacher trade unionist Raymond Basilio has been subject to death threats due to his role as general secretary of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers.
The global union federation for teachers Education International (EI) has said it is deeply concerned about the threats made against Mr Basilio.
“During a recent press conference, where the Alliance of Concerned Teachers was denouncing harassment and threats faced by its members and leaders, its general secretary Raymond Basilio received death threats on his phone,” EI said in a statement.
“Raymond was warned that unless he gave in to the caller's demands, an order to kill him would be carried out.
“The police deny any knowledge of this, but the union has learned of continuing unlawful profiling of its members carried out by the police in different regions of the nation, in a serious breach of both national and international law.”
Our union Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles said the treatment of Mr Basilio was a sobering reminder of the struggles many of our fellow unionists face across the globe.
“It is easy to take for granted the freedom we have in Australia to join our unions and be active in campaigns for change in our workplaces and beyond,” Mr Giles said.
“Many unionists in other countries take action at great personal risk simply because they believe in the cause of acting collectively to better their workplaces and community.
“Our union extends a message of solidarity to Mr Basilio in the sincere hope that he will be able to continue his important work with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers in the Philippines.”
Add your name to the campaign in support of Raymond Basilio via the Education International website.