democratic space born out of the February 1986 revolution ushered in a new
era in the Philippine labor movement. For
was initially organized October 9, 1987 in a consultation meeting of 13
independent unions in response to the threats of anti-democratic forces
against the fledgling constitutional government. On November 22, 1987, it
was formally organized as a “caucus” - a loose alliance of independent
unions with the end in view of forging a united and stronger trade union
federation of civil service employees.
After two years of organizing, education
9, 1987 -Caucus of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU) was
initially organized by 13 independent unions in a consultation meeting.
November 22,1987 -The organization was
formally organized as “CAUCUS”
-Founding Convention was held and attended by
150 delegates representing 18 NGA’s, 5 LGU’s 1 SUC and 1 NGO.
10,1994 -Third National Convention and the Constitution and
By-Laws was amended from CAUCUS to Confederation.
December 10,1997-Fourth National Convention. New sets of officers
were elected. Constitution and By-Laws were ratified from P1.00 dues
payments into percentage base.
10,2000 -Fifth National
Convention. New set of officers were elected. Ratification of the 1/5 of
1% of MBS (monthly basic salary) per
member dues structure.
Fights for full recognition of the universal rights of all workers to
organize into unions, to collectively bargain over terms and conditions of
employment and to engage in peaceful concerted actions including the tight
to strike for the interest and welfare of public sector members.
Initiates and assists in the formation of strong and genuine trade unions
at all levels of the government service.
Pursues an extensive program of education and training for public sector
unionists at all levels.
Advocates and undertakes campaigns for good government and better public
Defends and ensures security of tenure and employment for all government
Promotes cooperation among public sector unions through coordinated
activities on issues and concerns directed at establishing unity in
furtherance of employees’ tights, interests and welfare.
Promotes strengthening of the civil service through elimination of the
politics of patronage and spoils system.
• Promotes the values of public service and the professionalism of civil service corps.
Symposia/Fora on Current Issues
Servicing to Affiliates
Serving the People
Pubic Thrust and Accountability
Independence and Integrity of Trade
Public servants must engage in direct social and political actions tempered with the principles of social responsibility Participation of government workers in political affairs bath on the national and agency level must be pursued within the context of national interest and public welfare. National interest should take precedence over narrow sectoral or parochial concerns.
Trade Unions as Schools for Democracy
Trade unions are schools for “democracy”. Workers’ participation in the decision-making at all levels of the bureaucracy enhances rather than diminishes the efficiency of public administration. Democratic governance requires the institutionalization of the unions in the public sector as a participative agent for social change.
Collective Bargaining, Mutual Aid and Protection
Trade unions are organizations of workers for purposes of collective
bargaining, mutual aid and protection. The primary task of unions is to
protect their members from unfair labor practices and the tyranny of
Trade unions must forge solidarity with other labor organizations committed to the principles of a united, democratic, genuine and independent unionism on the basis of equality; mutual respect and independence.
the importance of international solidarity and cooperation among trade
unions and public sector workers all over the world. Genuine trade unions
can only. flourish in a world where basic human and trade union tights are
respected and protected.
works closely with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Union (LO-Norway)
and the FriedrIch Ebert Stiftung (FES) and has enjoyed the partnership and
cooperation of International Trade Secretariats (ITS) actively supporting
the Philippine trade union movement. CIU has also established access to a
network of public service organizations in Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe
and the USA in the furtherance of international solidarity among public
CIU is an affiliate of the Public Service International (PSI) since June 30, 1993.