Sunday, December 17, 2017

Advisory: Unions to call for inspection of ecozones in wake of labor disputes

Media Advisory
December 18, 2017
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Rene Magtubo @ 09178532905

Unions to call for inspection of ecozones in wake of labor disputes

WHAT: Workers forum to demand inspection of ecozone factories and express support for Lakepower women strikers 

WHEN: Tomorrow, December 19 (Tuesday), 1:00-5:00 pm

WHERE: Occupational Safety and Health Center, Agham Road, Diliman, QC


DETAILS:

Labor unions, workers associations and church organizations are holding a forum on the new DOLE department order on the conduct of labor inspections for factories, including those located inside export processing zones.

Among the resolutions expected to be affirmed by the participants is a call for inspections of ecozones in view of numerous labor disputes involving labor standards and rights. Another resolution planned is support for the Lakepower women workers who have been on strike at the Cavite ecozone since Dec. 7. 

Another mediation meeting between the Lakepower union and management is scheduled today at NCMB Imus. 

The Lakepower strike is the latest in a series of labor disputes at the Cavite ecozones over workplace grievances and the right to unionize. 

The forum sponsored by the Church-Labor Conference is entitled "Can DO 183 effectively implement DO 174?" DO 183 is about labor inspections while DO 174 concerns endo.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Advisory: DOLE protest tom for regularization of endo workers @ PAL

Media Advisory
December 14, 2017
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Gerry Rivera @ 09165047751

Endo fight continues:
DOLE protest tom for regularization of endo workers @ PAL

WHAT: Members of PM and PALEA to call on DOLE to release results of labor inspection at Philippine Airlines and regularize endo workers & reinstate outsourced employees

WHEN: Tomorrow, December 15 (Friday), 9:00 am

WHERE: DOLE main office, Intramuros, Manila

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ecozone workers protest continuing harassment of women strikers


Workers from the Cavite Economic Zone, together with their supporters, staged a rally at the main gate of the zone in protest at the continuing harassment of striking women workers of electronics company Lakepower Converter Inc. Yesterday, there was another incident of ecozone guards trying to prevent strikers from entering the ecozone. Another mediation meeting is scheduled tomorrow between the union and management.

The group Partido Manggagawa (PM) also called for the resignation of the head of the Cavite Economic Zone for being responsible for the harassment of striking women workers that resulted in injuries to two strikers and the imposition of “martial law” in the country’s biggest export processing zone. The picket today was the second solidarity action since last Friday.

“The violent attacks on women strikers by armed security guards contracted by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) lie squarely in the hands of Atty. Norma Tañag, head of the Cavite ecozone. We demand her resignation,” asserted Rene Magtubo, PM national chair.

Maricar Orque and Magdalena Peña, both workers of Lakepower Converter Inc., a Taiwanese-owned electronics company, were hurt in the commotion that followed the dismantling of the picketline last Thursday night. Lakepower workers went on strike that afternoon after mediation meetings convened by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board collapsed as management refused workers demands that the termination and suspension of union officers and members be stopped.

Magtubo added that “Tañag has imposed martial law in the Cavite ecozone with guards of the Jantro security agency and the PEZA police as her goons and thugs. Workers and supporters who want to bring food, water and supplies to the strikers are stopped and prevented from proceeding to the picketline. Jantro guards repeatedly intimidate strikers who put up protest placards and signs at the picketline. All of these are blatant transgressions of the DOLE-PEZA-PNP Guidelines on the Conduct of Personnel During Labor Disputes.”

PM assailed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for inaction despite the incidents of violence at the Lakepower picketline. “While the DOLE celebrated its 84th anniversary yesterday in Bulacan, Cavite workers were facing violent repression by PEZA personnel. DOLE has the power to assign a peacekeeping team at the Lakepower picketline and the responsibility of convening an inter-agency committee to prevent violence during labor disputes. Pero natutulog sa pansitan ang DOLE habang dinadahas ang kababaihang manggagawa,” insisted Magtubo. ###


Photos of the picketline can be accessed here:

Photos of the rally at the Cavite ecozone can be accessed here:

December 11, 2017


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Advisory: Protest at Cavite ecozone tomorrow to call for resignation of administrator, stop to harassment

Media Advisory
December 10, 2017
Partido Manggagawa
Contacy Dennis Sequena @ 09301803072

Protest at Cavite ecozone tomorrow
to call for resignation of administrator, stop to harassment

WHAT: Protest by labor groups and ecozone workers vs. violent attacks on striking women workers

WHEN: Tomorrow, December 11 (Monday), 8:00 am

WHERE: Cavite Economic Zone, Rosario, Cavite, Gate 1

DETAILS:

The groups Partido Manggagawa, Sentro and Katipunan ng Manggagawang Pilipino will call for the resignation of the head of the Cavite Economic Zone for being responsible for the harassment of striking women workers that resulted in injuries to two strikers and the imposition of “martial law” in the country’s biggest export processing zone.  

The protesters assert that the violent attacks on women strikers by armed security guards contracted by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) lie squarely in the hands of Atty. Norma Tañag, head of the Cavite ecozone.

Maricar Orque and Magdalena Peña, both workers of Lakepower Converter Inc., a Taiwanese-owned electronics company, were hurt in the commotion that followed the dismantling of the picketline last Thursday night. Lakepower workers went on strike that afternoon after mediation meetings convened by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board collapsed as management refused workers demands that the termination and suspension of union officers and members be stopped.

The protesters contend that Tañag has imposed martial law in the Cavite ecozone with guards of the Jantro security agency and the PEZA police as her goons and thugs. Workers and supporters who want to bring food, water and supplies to the strikers are stopped and prevented from proceeding to the picketline. Jantro guards repeatedly intimidated strikers who put up protest placards and signs at the picketline. All of these are blatant transgressions of the DOLE-PEZA-PNP Guidelines on the Conduct of Personnel During Labor Disputes.

Video of PEZA guards harassing women workers this afternoon: https://www.facebook.com/partidomanggagawa/videos/10155838242124323/?hc_ref=ARTGypM3p48CRjse-_uPZYsqundw5Bja8V4QKZ6JgPFUcZBa0q3fvFxumrimkjxVOUg&pnref=story

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cavite ecozone head asked to resign as women workers strike enters 3rd day


The group Partido Manggagawa (PM) today called for the resignation of the head of the Cavite Economic Zone for being responsible for the harassment of striking women workers that resulted in injuries to two strikers and the imposition of “martial law” in the country’s biggest export processing zone. Yesterday afternoon PM and other groups rallied at the Cavite ecozone in support of the women strikers and vowed to hold more solidarity actions next week.

“The violent attacks on women strikers by armed security guards contracted by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) lies squarely in the hands of Atty. Norma Tañag, head of the Cavite ecozone. Her resignation would be a fitting celebration of International Human Rights Day tomorrow,” asserted Rene Magtubo, PM national chair.

Maricar Orque and Magdalena Peña, both workers of Lakepower Converter Inc., a Taiwanese-owned electronics company, were hurt in the commotion that followed the dismantling of the picketline last Thursday night. Lakepower workers went on strike that afternoon after mediation meetings convened by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board collapsed as management refused workers demands that the termination and suspension of union officers and members be stopped.

Magtubo added that “On the eve of human rights day, Tañag has imposed martial law in the Cavite ecozone with guards of the Jantro security agency and the PEZA police as her goons and thugs. Workers and supporters who want to bring food, water and supplies to the strikers are stopped and prevented from proceeding to the picketline. Jantro guards repeatedly intimidate strikers who put up protest placards and signs at the picketline. All of these are blatant transgressions of the DOLE-PEZA-PNP Guidelines on the Conduct of Personnel During Labor Disputes.”

PM assailed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for inaction despite the incidents of violence at the Lakepower picketline. “While the DOLE celebrated its 84th anniversary yesterday in Bulacan, Cavite workers were facing violent repression by PEZA personnel. DOLE has the power to assign a peacekeeping team at the Lakepower picketline and the responsibility of convening an inter-agency committee to prevent violence during labor disputes. Pero natutulog sa pansitan ang DOLE habang dinadahas ang kababaihang manggagawa,” insisted Magtubo.

Unrest has festered at Lakepower for the last few months. Among workers grievances is the removal of the door of the women’s restroom so that the company can spy on workers. Almost all of the 200 workers in the factory are women. They are also outraged at the unreasonable limits on the use of the restroom which has led to cases of workers suffering from urinary tract infection. Workers are also complaining of excessive quota and the exclusion of unionists from receiving Christmas packages.

Last November 16, the Lakepower workers held a protest at the Cavite ecozone against company abuses. The protest was the third such picket over the last month at the country’s biggest export processing zone. Earlier, garments workers held protest actions against “factory shutdown-cum-union busting.” After two protests and a strike threat, the union leaders at the Korean-owned garments factory Sein Together Phils. Inc. were eventually accepted back to work.

Photos of the solidarity action yesterday at the Cavite ecozone can be accessed here:

https://www.facebook.com/partidomanggagawa/posts/10155833112704323

December 9, 2017