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WHAT IS FFW's Orientation?

FFW’s orientation is spelled out in its Constitutiton and By-Laws and is expressed in terms of fundamental beliefs, principles and objectives.

Fundamental Beliefs

In general, FFW premises its orientation on the belief that human is created by a Supreme Being whose life and ultimate destiny are ordained for an eternal life with his Creator. It holds that human’s fulfillment possesses both a material and a spiritual content, and whose destinay and fulfillment can be achieved through the temporal rask of building a society based on freedom, justice and peace. (Preamble)

Principles

The above general orientation became the basis for FFW in declaring the following principles relative to man, society and economy:

The Workers. Every human being has the right to live and the duty to work for the betterment of human life. Consequently, every human being is entitled to and is responsible for affording other, including future generations, all opportunities for material and spiritual fulfillment.

The human being has the fundamental right and obligation to work. Through work the human being is able to transform, preserve and benefit from the resources of the earth, express and develop human personality and contribute to the building up of the human community.

All human being are equal in dignity and in rights.All acts of discrimination, all prerogatives or assertions of superiority based on social origin, wealth, sex, race nationality, culture, or creed are contrary to human nature and obstacle to human fulfillment. (Article I, Sections 1-4)

The Society. The purpose of society is to promote the common good. Society exists to secure for all its members the material and spiritual means and necessities for their individualk and collective development.

The State exists for the sake of the common good. It is the duty of the State to ensure the equality of opportunities and treatment so that every member of scoeity can pursue full human development, subject to the principles of the rule of the majority and respect for the rights of the minority.

Supreme authority in society resides in its members. It is their inherent right to determine the aims, processes and activities of their own choice and making (Chapter I, Article II, Sections 5-7).

The Economy. The economy has the essential aim to satisfy the needs of all members of society by the optimum and sustainable use of resources. This is best achieved within the framework of plans democratically decided. The determination of what will be produced and how this product will be distributed must rest with society.

The State has the duty to regulate economic activity so that all members of society participate fully in it and benefit equitably from it. It has the duty to diffuse and prevent the concentration of land, property, wealth and economic power in the hands of a few (Chapter I, Artilce III, Sections 8-9).

Objectives

FFW’s beliefs and principles articulate an essentially Christian as well as humanist, socialist and democratic perspective. This orientation is further translated into specific objectives in the context of Philippine realities as follows:

  1. To unite labor into an organization for the effective pursuit and promotion of its material and spiritual well-being;
  2. Through education, to develop labor’s consciousness and its capacity and willingness to promote its interests;
  3. Through free, responsible and effective collective bargaining and joint decision-making at all levels, to enhance employment and income security, to secure the family living wage and to broaden workers’ participation in economic decisions and undertakings;
  4. Through cooperatives and similar institutions, to improve labor’s socio-economic well-being; Through political action, to secure legislations which will promote and safeguard economic security and social welfare of labor;
  5. To strengthen, protect and extend democratic institutions, civil rights and liberties and to secure the full participation of labor in all political processes of society;
  6. To develop ties of solidarity with peoples in general and labor in particular all over the world (Chapter I, Article VIII, Section 18).

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