Who we are

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on September 24, 2019


NTUC Phl) is the succeeding organization of the 2015 Supreme Court-decided TUCP under then President Ernesto Herrera.

The group of 18 national unions and federations, with declared 300,000 members, conducted its founding Convention in Quezon City on 18 August 2018.

NTUC Phl is the same dynamic organization which labored to take in new national unions and federations after then President Democrito Mendoza resigned, and was Constitutionally-succeeded by then General Secretary Ernesto Herrera in 2012.

NTUC Phl carries forward the spirit of TUCP 2012.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gave NTUC Phl its Registration
No. 11933 (TUC)-LC in November 2018.

FUR, LIKHA and its VOICE, and PFL (8,762 total membership) left NTUC Phl in April and May 2019 to pursue their membership in TUCP which expelled them earlier for double-membership in TUCP and NTUC Phl.

KMM, TUPAS and HEAL Phil affiliated with NTUC Phl in May 2019, August 2019 and November 2019. They added 23,000 members to NTUC Phl.

In October 2019, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) gave NTUC Phl the status of “associated organization” pending formal affiliation.

NTUC Phl is the Secretariat of the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) http://aseantuc.org/, the ASEAN group of national centers in 10 ASEAN countries, plus Timor Leste.

TUCP 1975-2018:

TUCP 20/20:
Excellent grasp of current national condition and clear vision for the future. Twenty programs for the next twenty years culminating on the golden anniversary of the organization.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), with 1.2 million members, is the biggest confederation of labor federations in the Philippines. It was founded on December 14, 1975 by 23 labor federations which saw the necessity and importance of uniting themselves into a strong and dynamic labor center. Today, the TUCP, as the most representative labor center in the country is composed of almost 30 federations with members in all sectors and industries (from agriculture to manufacturing to services) including government employees. It also has members coming from associations/organizations of groups from the OFWs, informal sector, drivers, urban poor, youth groups, cooperatives, alliances, coalitions and other civil society groups.

Operational Structure
The highest governing body of the TUCP is the Convention which is held once every five years. The delegates to the Convention elect the TUCP officials and formulate major policies and initiatives which guide the TUCP’s program of action for the next five years. In between Conventions, the TUCP is governed by the General Council which is composed of heads of the TUCP federations. The General Council meets at least once in six months to assess and review TUCP policies and programs.

Next to the General Council is the Executive Board whose members are elected during the Convention. It meets as often as the need arises and decides on TUCP responses on crucial developments that affect the labor sector.

The day to day function of the TUCP is carried out by its different departments such as Research, Education, Publications and Information, Youth, Membership Services, Women, Administrative and Finance, Legal, Rural Worker and Medical and Dental.

Mission of TUCP
The TUCP is dedicated to:

  • Building democratic organizations run/led by members;
  • Strengthening the workers movement, building skills/capacities;
  • Instilling nationalism, solidarity, equity and social responsibility;
  • Promoting equal rights and opportunities for all; and
  • Improving conditions of work and life of workers and their families, including those of none—members.

Committed to:

  • Developing critical cooperation with government;
  • Advocating for an economic policy which promotes national interest and international competitiveness; and
  • Further strengthening internal and international solidarity and cohesiveness among the union of the world.

Core Principles

  • Democratize wealth, incomes and power;
  • Advocating for an economic policy which promotes national
  • Build democratic organizations and instill nationalism, solidarity, equity and social responsibility;
  • Advocating for an economic policy which promotes national
  • Improve conditions of work and life of workers and their families, including non-members;
  • Protect workers’ wages and job security and prepare vigilance over the deterioration of working conditions;
  • Strengthen bargaining positions of unions, work towards industrial peace and development;
  • Enhance internal and international solidarity and cohesiveness among unions of the world; and
  • Adhere to principled collaboration with government, other workers organizations and institutions.


  • A democratic society where fundamental human and trade union rights are deeply respected;
  • A sustainable economy that ensures decent jobs, just wages and the equitable distribution of wealth;
  • A dynamic and responsive labor sector that is well educated, responsible, vigilant and cohesive that takes the lead in advancing the welfare of the masses;
  • Empowered communities that are self-reliant and energized to harness participation of all;
  • Families that are provided adequate opportunities for stability, growth and development; and
  • Citizens who fully participate in the process and gains from the benefits of a democratic way of life.

TUCP Programs

  • Labor Law Revision/Amendments
  • Better Implementation of Laws
  • Human an Trade Union Rights

Monitoring Core Standards, Corporate Codes of Conduct

  • Global Compact and OECD Guidelines
  • Appreciation of Standards and Codes
  • Verifying Compliance
  • Filing cases


  • Organizers’ Conference
  • Industry Planning/Organizing Techniques
  • Industry Situationer/Analysis
  • Merger Forum
  • Alliance Building/Work

Workers Education

  • Education Curriculum, Modules
  • “Back to Basics”
  • Political / Ideological Education

Collective Bargaining Negotiations

  • Project Design/Planning
  • Project Administration
  • Management


  • Coop Education Curriculum
  • Managing/Administering Cooperatives
  • Coop Finance/Bookkeeping

Gender Concerns

  • Gender Responsiveness and Mainstreaming of Unions, including:
  • Maternity Protection
  • Sexual Harassment at Work
  • Youth Organizing and Leadership Development

TUCP Organizational Effectiveness and Development

  • Middle Level Officers’ OED
  • Federation OED

Globalization and Unions

  • Productivity and Competitiveness of Workers
  • Decent Work
  • Workers’ Solidarity
  • Workers and Information Technology

Civic Advocacy

  • Barangay/LGU Representatives Education
  • RTWPB Representatives Education
  • Prospective Sectoral Representatives Training

Health Concerns

  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Workplace Reproductive Health
  • HIV / AIDS and the World of Work
  • Drugs and Substance Abuse

Special Concerns

  • Migrant Worker’s Concerns
  • Environmentally Sustainable Development
  • Informal Sector
  • Child Labor

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Living wages now!”


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trade unions around the world,
for democracy in Myanmar,
with the daily protests of
people in Myanmar against
the military coup and
continuing oppression.


Accept National Unity Government
(NUG) of Myanmar.
Reject Military!

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