CBBRC participates in national conference on women workers

February 21, 2014

As part of Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center (CBBRC) mission of upholding Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran’s legacy, the
Center participated in the concluded National Consultation on Empowering and Strengthening Leadership of Women
Workers in the Philippines last December 12-13, 2013 in Quezon City.

The two-day event aimed to gather unions, labor institutions, and women workers to discuss the current key issues in organizing women workers, which will be the basis for building a program and action plan for the next two years. Also, the conference offered a promising venue for participants to share experiences and lessons in organizing and mobilizing women workers in different labor sectors.

Issues such as widespread contractualization, unjust working conditions, gender-specific benefits such as maternity leave, and labor rights were discussed throughout the consultation.

As one of the resource speakers, CBBRC’s Executive Director Ofelia Beltran-Balleta shared the history of Kilusan ng mga Manggagawang Kababaihan (KMK or Movement of Women Workers), the historical struggles, and victories for women workers’ rights. As a seasoned union organizer, she narrated how the women labor organizers, such as herself, asserted within the labor organization on institutionalizing women workers’ departments in every level of organization — from the national labor center, down to the local unions.

To close her speech, Ka Ofel reiterated the need to organize women workers — by thoroughly arousing, organizing, and mobilizing — as one of the key factors in winning the fight against contractualization and other campaigns.

The two-day event was hosted by Asia Monitor Resource Center, Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), and Kababaihan Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon (KLK).