Josua Mata – SENTRO (Philippines)
Josua Mata has been a trade unionist for more than 25 years now. He is currently serving as the Secretary-General of the 80,000 Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Mangagawa (SENTRO). Mr. Mata concurrently sits in the Board of Trustees of the Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN), a workers’ education association established by the trade unions.
Before being elected as Secretary-General of SENTRO, Mata was the Secretary General of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) for the 10 years. Before this, he was Deputy Secretary General of the National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN) from 1999 to 2004. Before this position, he was an organizer-educator for the national union since 1989. He has been invited as resource person and trainer on neo-liberal globalization, anti-WTO campaigns, social movement unionism, and comprehensive trade union issues in at least 20 countries.