General Secretary of the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI)
Ambet Yuson was re-elected in December 2013 as General Secretary of the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), a global union federation that represents 12 million workers in 135 countries. He is also the Chair of the Council of Global Unions. Previously, he held several posts in the BWI, including Regional Representative for the Asia Pacific Region and Educational Secretary.
Before joining the BWI in 1997, Mr Yuson served in as organizer and educator for trade unions and civil society organizations in the Philippines. He participated in the 1980s democratic movement against the Marcos dictatorship, which galvanized his belief in the power of solidarity and collective action.