The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) warned of what they described as the “influx of more Chinese workers” into the country’s critical infrastructures.
The country’s biggest labor group said in a statement that Chinese workers in several industries bring “serious implications to local employment and to national security.”
TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay noted that Chinese workers are present or are coming in to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines through “tied-aid” projects such as water sector projects.
He said Chinese workers are in strategic sectors, including power, water, communications, transport, and construction.
“There are not only negative employment implications but also national security implications,” said Tanjusay.
The Philippine Senate has announced that it will investigate the growing incidence of undocumented foreign workers in construction and online gambling.
With unemployment at 10 percent, Tanjusay said the entry of Chinese workers is making the plight of Filipino workers worse.
Gerard Seno of the Associated Labor Unions also warned that Chinese workers in the country, many of whom are undocumented, face exploitation and abuse and often work in inhumane conditions.