E.J. DE LARA WRITES – Unions and the media usually are not the place to report work associated points. No less than that’s the message the Philippines ambassador to New Zealand lately delivered.
The New Zealand Scoop reported that throughout a gathering with Filipino migrants, the Ambassador of the Philippines, Virginia Benavidez, made a controversial assertion concerning the relationship of migrants to unions and the media. In keeping with a number of sources on the assembly, Benavidez stated, “You probably have issues along with your job, don’t strategy the unions and media particularly these posting tales within the New Zealand Herald.” Shortly after, a number of dismayed employees reported her assertion to the First Union and Union Community of Migrants (UNEMIG) in New Zealand.
Marty de Lima, a bunch of the Filipino Migrants assembly, expressed that the Unions are useful to employees, and doesn’t perceive why Ambassador Benavidez can be towards them. Equally, the Worldwide Coalition for Human Rights within the Philippines agrees that Benevidez’s anti-union statements had been uncalled for and embarrassing for his or her authorities. Even the Asian Pacific Mission for Migrants believes that the Ambassador ought to have kept away from expressing her private biases towards unions and the media. Inside just a few days after the assembly, Common Secretary and fundamental spokesperson of UNEMIG prompted for the New Zealand Ministry of International Affairs and Commerce to demand a proper apology from the Ambassador.
In keeping with Filipino information website GMA Information, the Philippine Embassy denied all accusations of the Ambassador making anti-union statements, clarifying that the Ambassador instructed employees to seek the advice of with their employers earlier than becoming a member of unions. With each New Zealand and Philippine’s media reporting totally different sides, the Ambassador is within the middle of the media highlight in each nations. The Philippine Embassy presently seeks to higher outline the Ambassador’s assertion with the Union and media to resolve this situation.
Whether or not the remark was made or not, the problem of who ensures employee’s rights in situations of violation have to be addressed.