Every 1st of May, we honor the contribution of all workers which makes their nation prosper. It is the day dedicated to all workers to celebrate their economic and social success. Labor Day is a national holiday and celebrated in more than 80 countries which includes Philippines.
This 2016, the international theme for the Labor Day celebration is “Celebrating the International Labor Movement”. As the Bangsamoro People commemorate Labor Day, we also have defined our local theme: “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho.”
The Regional Human Rights Commission is one with the celebration as we promote the Right to Work. In Article 23 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), it states that: “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.” The right to work defines work as something to which each and every individual is entitled. Hence, right to work ensures that nobody is excluded from the economic circle which leads to the right to earn to reach an adequate standard of living which is another human right.
This right is not only mentioned in UDHR but also the first of the specific rights recognized in International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights or ICESCR. Article 6 of the ICESCR guarantees everyone "the right to the opportunity to gain his living by work."
The hard work of employees is also recognized in the Labor Code of the Philippines Presidential Decree No. 442. “The state has the primary obligation to assure that each person’s access to work to earn one’s living is promoted, protected and fulfilled and the obligation to guarantee that the right of workers to self-organization, collective bargaining, security of tenure, and just and humane conditions of work” as mentioned in Article 3 of the Labor Code of the Philippines.
Thus, Labor Day celebration is also a reminder that everyone has the right to work to earn to reach an adequate standard of living. Let’s honor our workers and let’s promote Right to Work.