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2 Labor groups file petition vs anti-terror law

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2 Labor groups file petition vs anti-terror law

A seventh petition was filed before the Supreme Court (SC) by two labor groups against the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

In their petition, the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) and the Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center (PLACE) asked the High Court to declare several provisions of the law as “unconstitutional.”

The petition docketed as Government Records (GR) 252623 was filed on July 8 and was posted on the groups’ social media account.

The labor groups said the law would worsen the plight of the workers in pushing for their rights and demands.

“The labor rights groups expressed deep concern on how the ATL will affect unionists and labor rights defenders. Because of the vague definition of terrorism and the absolute power it gives the state forces, this law can definitely be used against the labor movement. Throughout history, unionists and labor rights defenders have been perpetrated (sic) by filing trumped-up charges against them, red-tagging, accusing them of being rebels or terrorists, and other forms of harassment. This law will worsen the struggles of workers in pushing for their rights and demands.”

The law will take effect on July 19.