A Negrense labor leader was elected national president of the land transport industry union in the country, a press release from the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said.
Lawyer Zoilo dela Cruz, was elected head of the Philippine Land Transport Industry Union, in the recently held founding convention attended by some 600 union leaders and members of the transport industry, the press release said.
PLTIU is an affiliate of the TUCP and International Trade Union Confederation.
PLTIU represents over a hundred unions of land transport workers from big bus companies, jeepneys, taxi cabs, UV express, and tricycle, among others, the press release said.
The 5,700-strong Vallacar Transit Employees Union (Ceres Liner) is a founding member of the PLTIU. Unions of Vallacar Transit, Uytiepo Jeepney Lines of Bacolod, Reno Taxi, and LBR Taxi of Manila are affiliates of PACIWU, under the leadership of De la Cruz.
International Confederation of Trade Unions Asia Pacific general secretary Noriyuki Suzuki and Singapore National Trades Union Congress president emeritus John De Payva graced the event, held in Manila.
De Payva cited the importance of trade unionism.
“Unions are not the enemy. Unions look after the interest of workers and work towards improvement their living and working conditions,” he said.*