VDLC – Philippines Solidarity Tour 2018

Vancouver & District Labour Council
VDLC, BCGEU & CULE – Philippines Solidarity Tour 2018

Objectives:  In the spirit of international workers’ solidarity, the VDLC, BCGEU, and CULE are co-coordinating a solidarity tour to the Philippines to:learn about the daily lives and struggles directly from the Filipino people, particularly those involved in the struggle for workers’ and other human rights in the Philippines.

  • begin to understand the historical and current political and economic relationship between Canada and the Philippines.
  • continue and deepen the existing partnerships between Canadian unions and Philippine organizations to work in solidarity with Filipinos in their struggle for workers’ and other human rights.
  • gain advocates in the Canadian trade union movement on the Philippines situation to strengthen international solidarity between Canada and the Philippines.

Timeframe:  Programming is underway for the approximate dates between November 26 and December 10.  Two days for air travel may leave delegates with approximately nine program days interspersed with three ‘free’ days.  There will be some time to see the sights of the Philippines and to experience its culture.

Costs:  We are working on estimates for a registration fee that will include accommodation, ground transportation, guides/translation, and some meals for the tour.  Note: Costs for ‘free days’ which may include sightseeing and social activities are not included in the overall registration fee.   All individuals are responsible for their own costs.

Air Flights:  The registration fee (once estimated) will not include travel to and from Manila.  For the purpose of estimating your total expense, as of April 4, airfares with Cathay Pacific estimates:  Vancouver-Manila return $1000, Toronto-Manila $1200, including taxes.

Please do not book flights until you receive confirmation that you have been accepted onto the tour.

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