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BMP Constitution - English version

SOLIDARITY OF FILIPINO WORKERS (BMP)


PREAMBLE

We, Filipino workers who have political awareness and class consciousness and we from the other sectors who have faith and in oneness with the great vision of the working class, aware about the extreme oppression experienced by the working masses under under the exploitative power of capital and all oppressor class, aware of the incessant need to fight for the welfare and well-being of the working class and unite with other oppressed classes, aware of the need to excite, unite and mobilize the working class for the realization of the socialist cause, and aware of the need for the working class to lead the Filipino people for democracy, freedom and independence; to lead the struggle of the entire working class for the realization of the socialist cause, now adopted this Constitution that will guide our Solidarity.


ARTICLE I
NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION

Section 1. Our organization will be known as BUKLURAN NG MANGGAGAWANG PILIPINO (SOLIDARITY OF FILIPINO WORKERS), and will be known in its acronym BMP.

Section 2. The current symbol and logo of the BMP has two hands with each one holding that hammer and two facing sickle behind it and BMP in the middle.

Section 3. The official song of BMP is the BMP Hymn, and BMP recognizes the International as universal song of the workers.

Section 4. The main headquarters of the BMP will be found in Metro Manila.


ARTICLE II
DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES

Section 1. The highest principle of BMP is to aim and purify the role of working class in society and history and at all times will stand and fight for the interests and principles of the working class. All actions of the BMP shall came from this class perspective and here he should tbe tried and be identified.

Section 2. BMP believes that:
a. The fundamental interests of the working class is the advancement and fulfillment of his class struggle from the union level to political.
b. The only important thing that can exceed the principle of class struggle is the interest of the working class for a progressive society. Class struggle and social progress are the two basic interest of the working class.
c. This two basic interest is both represented by the worker's socialist mission in history.

Section 3. Class unity will be the basis for thepromotion of a strong workers' movement. This unity will be welded through organizing and planting class consciousness among the masses of the working class. On this basis we shall establish the organized strength of BMP, and this can serve as a strong backbone for the trade union movement in the country to move forward. This will be represented by the integration of socialist consciousness on the union struggle.

Section 4. But the emancipation of the working class from poverty and injustices cannot be achieved through trade union struggle only, the maximum gain is the improvement and ease the situation and agreement of subordination to the power of capital. The emancipation of the Filipino workers can only happen if his vision, unity and struggle would exceed the narrow walls of their factories and enterprises, and leaps in the level of class consciousness, solidarity and struggle for fundamental change of the exploitative system. Here are most basic importance and principles, to arouse, organize and mobilize the working class against capitalism as a system and to present socialism as the ultimate goal and aspirations of the working class in the country and around the world.

Section 5. At the current level of development of Philippine society, the liberation of the working class depends on the liberation of the Filipino people.The socialist cause of the working class will be realized if social progress will go forward in the country from the current backward state due to remnants of feudal order and stunted by the imperialist capital and power. In this basis, the aspiration of the Filipino masses for liberty and democracy is also the aspiration of the FIlipino workers, and the path towards socialism is the path of struggle for democracy and freedom of the country. It is the duty of the Filipino workers, not only to promote this struggle for democracy and liberty, but to lead the whole people in this struggle. The working class in the city and the countryside is the powerful force that can launch this struggle, and to all classes, the workers have the greatest interest in the complete victory of the struggle because through attaining democracy and liberty will clear the path of struggle towards socialism.

Section 6. Given the long oppression of the working class as wage slaves of capital is a global system, the struggle of Filipinos workers will inevitably have an international character. The liberation and development of the Philippines will not be realized as long as the power of imperialism rules the world. The full realization of the socialist mission of the working class in countries like the Philippines is decisively dependent on the growth of the international working class movement against global capital and power of imperialism. In this basis, the call "Workers of All Countries, Unite" is a central principle for BMP, and the struggle and victory of the Filipino workers against the domination of imperialism in our country is our greatest contribution to the workers' movement in the world.


ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership. Every individuals, groups and organizations that believe in the BMP Constitution and believes in its socialist aim can become a member of BMP.

Section 2. Individuals who have outstanding contributions to the working class movement can be accepted as members in accordance with the decision of the Central Committee of the BMP.

Section 3. Organizations that can join BMP are unions and associations, socialist organizations and federations of urban poor and rural poor, youth organizations, women and cultural and other socialist organizations.

Section 4 The application for membership of an organization must be adopted by the National Executive Committee (NEC) or its authorized equivalent at the regional level after fulfilling the requirement set by the councils that will strengthen the application.

Section 5. Rights of members. The members have the following rights:
a. All delegates at the congress have the right to vote, run and be elected to any position.
b. All members have the right to participate and give opinions and positions in discussions and debate within the organization.
c. All members, individuals and member organizations, have the right to give their proposal to BMP, as well as comment on any members, officials and assembly of BMP.
d. All members have the right to know the status of the organization such as financial, membership and more.
e. Any organization / individual may resign as a member after stating the reasons and be decided upon by the competent assembly that will be organized by the NEC.
f. All members have an obligation to protect the interests and integrity of the organization.

Section 6. Obkligation of members. The members have the following obligations:
a. All members have the obligation to attend to meetings set forth by the BMP
b. All members have the obligation to attend all study courses decided by the central committee decided of BMP.
c. All members of the organization has an obligation to patronize all the issue of Tambuli and other official publications of the BMP.
d. All members have an obligation to pay their dues for the organization's fund.
e. All members have an obligation to participate in all approved actions and demands of BMP.
f. All members have an obligation to expand the membership of the BMP.


ARTICLE IV
THE NATIONAL CONGRESS

Section 1. The highest authority is the national congress to be held every three years. It is composed of delegates from member organizations / individuals.

Section 2. The National Congress will approve the general programs and policies, to amend the constitution and elect the members of central committee. The national congress will also elect its chairman.

Section 3. A special national congress will be held if necessary. Observance of special congress will be convened by two thirds (2 / 3) of the central committee or majority of member organizations.


ARTICLE V
THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Section 1. The central committee (CC) is the highest authority between congresses consisting of 31 elected members and the following automatic members:
a. Union presidents with membership of 300 and more;
b. The president of the socialist members from other local organizations; and
c. Presidents or chairmans of the chapters of buklod (nucleus of an organization)

Section 2. The central committee shall elect the members of the national executive committee.

Section 3. The Central Committee may develop departments and committees necessary for the implementation of the overall program and policies of Congress.

Section 4. The central committee will meet once every six months.

Section 5. The central committee has the duty to:
a. Make the necessary decisions and policy which are related to the programs made by congress.
b. Set specific targets for each area of ​​work required for the implementation of the program.
c. Make a plan of stages divided by six months for three years.

Section 6. May call for a special meeting of CC by the NEC or the petition of a simple majority of members of CC.

Section 7. Any CC member who commit offenses such as selling workers' interests and putting the organization and membership at risk may be terminated from office through two thirds (2 / 3) vote of the entire CC membership.

Section 8. The Central Committee are given the power to add staff at the time there are members who lie-low and while ongress is away. In essence it is the power to appoint a replacement or in addition to non-active members based on the principle of cooptation.

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