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Riot police block protesting workers in Manila in 2006. The number of trade unions, and strikes, are dwindling fast in the Philippines. Pic: AP.

Analysis: Trade unionism in the Philippines is gone (almost)

By Tue, May 01, 2012 9:10AM UTC 2 Comments Riot police block protesting workers in Manila in 2006. The number of trade unions, and strikes, are dwindling fast in the Philippines. Pic: AP.

In 1989, more than 20,000 workers and public sector employees marched through the narrow streets of Davao City demanding for a Php25 legislated wage increase. The marchers were a merry mix of leftists, moderates and rightists.  But the loudest color was that of the leftist Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), then the dominant labor center in...