TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - "The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is
contributing $20,000 toward emergency aid for communities affected by
unprecedented flooding in early August in and around Manila, the
capital of the Philippines," said Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers
(USW) National Director. "In addition to providing support for
immediate relief, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is supporting a
project that will assist poor communities in Metro Manila in
implementing a disaster management and community resilience plan to be
better prepared for flooding from typhoons or storms which will
inevitably come," Neumann said.
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund contribution will go to the Workers
Assistance Center in Cavite, and to Likhaan, a leading women's health
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization
that focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in
developing countries, but also supports Canadian communities in crisis.
Steelworkers union members contribute to the fund through clauses
negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases, matching
contributions come from employers.
The rains that caused floods in August 2012 were amongst the worst
recorded in Philippine history. The equivalent of nearly two months of
rain fell on Metro Manila and in several provinces in Luzon on August 6
and 7. At least 95 people lost their lives in the subsequent landslides
and floods, mostly through drowning. Nearly one million were displaced
from their homes. In total over 2.4 million people living in 144
different municipalities were affected.
The Workers Assistance Center was established in 1995 in Rosario,
Cavite, to defend workers' human and labour rights. Normally the WAC
focuses its advocacy and educational work on three core rights for
workers: the right to free association, the right to collective
bargaining and the right to strike or undertake other collective
actions. In response to requests for help from its members, WAC is
distributing emergency aid.
Likhaan is one of the Philippine's leading women's health organizations
delivering primary health care through clinics and trained community
health workers, as well as supporting community organizing with women
and youth groups. The Steelworkers Humanity Fund support for Likhaan
will be channeled through Ottawa-based Inter Pares, which has a
long-standing relationship with the Philippine organization.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, USW, 416-544-5996, firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Olthuis, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957, email@example.com