Picket Protest at the Corporate Headquarters of Musahamat Farms International

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EARLIER: As the workers declare a strike at Musahamat Farm 2 in Pantukan, Kilusang Mayo Uno – KMU Southern Mindanao launches a picket protest at the Corporate Headquarters of Arab-owned Musahamat Farms International at Pryce Tower, Bajada.

The workers’ strike was waged due to union busting as the company fired several union officers without basis.

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Illegal dismissals push workers’ strike at Korean-owned banana exporter

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DAVAO CITY – Mass dismissals of workers have pushed workers to launch a strike against Korean-owned Shin Sun Tropical Fruit Corp. in Brgy. San Miguel, Compostela, Compostela Valley.

On March 16, fifty-three (53) workers organized under the union Shin Sun Workers Union – National Federation of Labor Unions – Kilusang Mayo Uno (SSWU-NAFLU-KMU) were retrenched by Shin Sun, majority of whom had been working for the company for two to seven years. In the banana industry where capitalists employ several labor agencies to supply labor requirements, the practice is also insidiously used in order to skirt the law on regularization.

In the case of Shin Sun, the company contracted ECQ Serve Human Resources, a labor agency later declared by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to be engaged in the prohibited Labor-only Contracting (LOC).

Under the Labor Code, if a company hires a labor-only contractor, the company (principal) will be considered the employer of the employees of the contractor. In this case, workers hired under ECQ should have been declared employees of Shin Sun. However, instead of regularizing the workers, the company retrenched 53 of them and hired another labor agency, Human Pros Manpower Agency, to recruit new workers.

Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao blasted Shin Sun for the illegal dismissals and called the attention of the DOLE under the leadership of Sec. Silvestre Bello III to investigate Shin Sun’s illegal acts.

According to Carl Anthony Olalo, secretary general of KMU Southern Mindanao, the Shin Sun workers’ strike is the first strike launched in the region following the release of the much-hyped Department Order 174 which promised to end labor only contracting.

“This is a test case for the Duterte administration to bare its resolve in ending contractualization through strong intervention. The DOLE itself has declared the previous contractor as LOC and hence all workers employed under it should have been declared as employees of Shin Sun, not dismissed summarily, as what this Korean company has done,” said Olalo.

KMU is calling for the immediate reinstatement and regularization of the retrenched workers. The group also demanded the repeal of Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code and reiterated that this is the only way to get rid of contractualization.###

Reference:
Carl Anthony Olalo, secretary general, KMU Southern Mindanao, 09123861000

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Workers Call on Lawmakers to Repeal provisions of Labor Code

23 February 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Workers call on lawmakers to repeal provisions of Labor Code

DAVAO CITY – Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao pressed Congress to repeal provisions of the Labor Code in order to do away with contractualization for good.

In a picket protest outside of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) where the House of Representatives Committee on Labor and Employment is conducting a hearing on labor issues in the region, workers called on legislators and the Department of Labor and Employment to work for the repeal of Articles 106-109 of Presidential Decree No. 442 or the Labor Code which accommodates the practice of contracting out jobs. Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code are provisions which allow subcontracting, contracting, and outsourcing of jobs as a legitimate employment arrangement.

According to Carlo Olalo, the proliferation of contractualization today is caused by two factors – the law itself and the implementation of the law.

“Articles 106 to 109 give life to contractualization. This is why ending contractualization necessitates not just the passage of stricter implementing rules to regulate Articles 106 to 109, which has been the response of past administrations, We need to get rid of these provisions and instead have employers directly hire workers instead of coursing them through these contractors and labor agencies,” Olalo said.

The labor group said that there are several categories of employment which employers can place workers performing non-core functions in, such as seasonal, casual, project-based, and others.

“What we want to eliminate is the practice today of indiscriminately hiring workers needed in performing essential or core functions as contractual workers, and depriving them altogether of the chance to become regularized,” explained Olalo.

The labor group also called on lawmakers to immediately pass House Bill 556 or the Regular Employment Bill as the alternative to end contractualization.###

Reference: Carlo Olalo, secretary general, KMU-SMR, 0912386100

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NATIONALLY-COORDINATED ACTIONS AT JAPANESE EMBASSY AND CONSULATES TO SEEK RESOLUTION ON NAKASHIN STRIKE

Japanese Embassy Picketed over Nakashin Strike

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno held a picket-protest at the Japanese Embassy in Pasay City this morning to demand the regularization of Nakashin Davao International Inc. workers.

Workers of the Japanese food manufacturing and export company operating in Davao City have been on strike since May 25 to demand the reinstatement of 75 workers who were illegally retrenched, the regularization of all long-term contractuals, and the full payment of the workers’ Service Incentive Leave and other underpaid benefits.

“We are calling on the Japanese government to tell their companies here in the country to respect workers’ rights. They must tell Nakashin to reinstate their illegally-retrenched workers and regularize all its long-term contractual employees,” said Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

The Nakashin management terminated 75 workers last April 9 because of the latter’s refusal to sign waivers and quitclaims which would cut their length of service after workers held a protest demanding the regularization of long-term contractuals.

“The 75 workers who are asserting their regularization in Nakashin have been working in the company for four to nine years and therefore deserve nothing less, but were illegally retrenched. This is clearly a violation of workers’ rights and constitute contractualization,” said Labog.

The labor leader also insisted that the workers’ demands are just and the Nakashin management is bound by the Philippines’ labor laws to heed the demands and is more than capable of doing so.

“The long-term contractuals employed by the agencies hired by the company should already be deemed regular employees of Nakashin under the law, but are still being denied regularization. They have every right to hold a strike against this greedy capitalist,” Labog said.

Even existing labor laws state that employees who are performing tasks that are necessary and desirable to the usual business of the company – such as the Nakashin workers who are packers, slicers, cold storage attendants, and receivers – are considered regular employees.

The labor center meanwhile called on Filipino workers to support the strike of Nakashin workers, saying their fight for regularization is a blow to the Aquino government’s policy of promoting and legalizing contractual employment.

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KMU SOUTHERN MINDANAO IN THE NEWS

KMU Pickets Japanese Embassy, Consulate

The Kilusang Mayo Uno yesterday held coordinated protest actions in front of the Japanese embassy in Pasay and the Consular Office in the city to convince Japanese officials to mediate between the owner and the workers of the Nakashin Davao International, Inc.

Nag strike mi sa consulate aron ipanghimangno ang dili pagsunod sa Nakashin sa balaod pamuo diri sa nasud (We staged a picket at the Japanese consulate to make them realize that the company is not following the country’s labor laws),” KMU Secretary General Carlo Olalo told Mirror in an interview.

Olalo said they also asked the Japanese officials to talk to Nakashin owner Sumihito Nakao for the reinstatement and regularization of the 75 workers who were “illegally retrenched by the company.

“We are calling on the Japanese government to tell their companies here in the country to respect workers’ rights. They must tell Nakashin to reinstate their illegally-retrenched workers and regularize all its long-term contractual employees,” said Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson said through KMU’s Facebook account.

Olalo said the Nakashin management terminated 75 workers last April 9 because of the latter’s refusal to sign waivers and quitclaims which would cut their length of service after workers held a protest demanding the regularization of long-term contractuals.

This was however denied by Nakashin President Keisuke Nakao  who said “they are not our workers but they are employed by the agencies which we have contracted so they should address their complaints to the agencies.

Nakashin, which is engaged in the export of frozen fruits in Japan, Europe and other countries, has declared a shut down and is set to formally file company closure with the Labor Department. However, KMU said the company has not filed a formal notice of closure with the labor department yet.

“Until such a notice is duly served to the DOLE and to the workers, the claim of “shutting down” and “closing shop” remains to be a threat waved by Nakashin to suppress the strike,” Olalo said.

Nakao said the company has already lost P140 million since the KMU and the agency workers staged a barricade barring the company premises for months now.

Nakashin has several regular workers who are holding technical and important positions in the company but has contracted two agencies namely Workstation and DBS Advance Concept, with almost 300 workers for certain work requirements.

However, the company did not renew its contract with the said agencies after its workers complained of salary delays and other related complaints. Nakashin has contracted a new agency on the condition that the said agency would absorb the workers of the previous agencies so they would not lose their jobs.

While 240 of these workers have continued to work for Nakashin under the new agency, there were 75 workers who pressured the new agency to retain them and their tenure or years of service with the previous agency.

Since this was unacceptable to the new agency, the 75 workers have been fired. These are the same workers picketing the company, demanding reinstatement and regularization with Nakashin.

Olalo said the workers’ demands are just and the Nakashin management is bound by the Philippines’ labor laws to heed the demands and is more than capable of doing so.

“The long-term contractuals employed by the agencies hired by the company should already be deemed regular employees of Nakashin under the law, but are still being denied regularization. They have every right to hold a strike against this greedy capitalist,” Labog said.

Even existing labor laws state that employees who are performing tasks that are necessary and desirable to the usual business of the company – such as the Nakashin workers who are packers, slicers, cold storage attendants, and receivers – are considered regular employees.

While the KMU and several of the 75 workers have put barricades preventing the entry and exit of workers in the company premises, it was noted that they have not filed any case with the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and are in fact conducting an illegal protest according to Nakao.

While Vice Mayor Paulo Duterte has tried to mediate between the company and the protesting workers, and has urged the company not to close down yet for the sake of the 240 workers, but Nakao said the company has already suffered so much losses.

Nakashin exports up to 2,500 tons of frozen mango, pineapple and other fruits to other countries every year but with the ongoing protest, the company’s foreign customers have cancelled all their contracts with Nakashin which took years to negotiate and even threatened to sue Nakashin for breach of contract because of its failure to deliver.

The workers in the city are not just the ones that will be affected by Nakashin’s closure since hundreds of farmers in Maguindanao also rely on the company’s business as it sources its fruits from the area. Lovely Carillo

 

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FRI, JUNE 17, 2016

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On Nakashin’s closure threat

KILUSANG MAYO UNO
Press Statement
14 June 2016

On Nakashin’s closure threat

We condemn the management of Nakashin Davao International, Inc. led by its owner Sumihiro Nakao, for threatening to shut down business in response to workers’ legitimate demands and strike. This threat is aimed at pressuring the government to suppress the strike, turning public opinion against the Nakashin workers, and counter Filipino workers’ struggle against contractualization.

The Nakashin workers’ demands are just and Nakashin is perfectly capable of meeting them. The 75 workers who are asserting their regularization in Nakashin have been working in the company for four to nine years and therefore deserve nothing less, but were illegally retrenched. The long-term contractuals employed by the agencies hired by the company should already be deemed regular employees of Nakashin under the law, but are still being denied regularization.

Even the law states that employees who are performing tasks that are necessary and desirable to the usual business of the company – such as the Nakashin workers who are packers, slicers, cold storage attendants, and receivers – are considered regular employees.

The case of the Nakashin workers exposes the chronic contractualization scheme being carried out by capitalists and the government. While Nakashin employs only a handful regular workers in so-called important positions, it employs almost 300 contractuals for the most important aspects of its business. Nakashin does not recognize the existence of an employer-employee relationship between itself and the workers, despite the latter’s many years of essential service to the company. Even if workers have been working for the company for years, their right to unionize and right to strike were not being recognized.

The Nakashin workers were left by the management and the government with no option but to stand for their right to security of tenure by holding a strike. Nakashin’s refusal to regularize the workers and abide by the law only exposes its crookedness and greediness. As such, it left the workers with no option except to hold a strike. When workers’ basic rights to a minimum wage, regular employment and unionization are not recognized, then holding a strike is most just.

We urge the Nakashin management to abandon its plan and instead face its responsibility and continue negotiating with the workers to come up with a fair settlement. Lastly, we are appealing to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to step in to this present dispute and come up with a solution that affirms his declaration of scrapping contractualization.

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KMU DISMAYED BY VICE MAYOR PAOLO DUTERTE’S ACTIONS

Lifting from the statement:

KMU DISMAYED BY VICE MAYOR PAOLO DUTERTE’S ACTIONS

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao expresses dismay over the actions of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte in front of striking workers on May 30 at the Nakashin Davao International, Inc. at Malagamot Panacan, Davao City.

To the shock of KMU and the striking workers of Nakashin Davao International, an irate VM Duterte lashed out and hurled expletives at Ka Romualdo “Dodong” Basilio, a regional official of KMU-SMR that day at the picketline.

Worse, VM Duterte berated and threw invectives at Ka Dodong Basilio such as “Putang ina ka…” “Ikaw ra makinabang ani”… “Ugok”….”Putang ina, badyak-badyakan tika dira karon…” “Bungol man siguro ka… tan-awa imong tiyan dako kaayo…” (Verbatim translation: “Your mother is a whore”… “Only you will benefit from this,”… “Idiot”…. “Your mother is a whore… I will give you a beating”… “Are you deaf? Look at your huge belly!”). Such conduct is unbecoming of a government official particularly when in the midst of an ongoing labor dispute. VM Duterte’s actions are abusive and should not be countenanced.

VM Duterte’s views are a stark contrast to that of his father President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made a powerful stand towards ending contractualization in the country.

In light of this, we seek VM Duterte’s apology. KMU Southern Mindanao does not disregard VM Duterte’s efforts in providing the workers a venue for dialogue with Nakashin. However, his current status in society does not give him license to disparage other lowly citizens, especially ordinary workers.

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KILUSANG MAYO UNO – SOUTHERN MINDANAO
PRESS STATEMENT
Mayo 31, 2016

KMU dismayed over Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte’s actions

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao expresses dismay over the actions of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte in front of striking workers on May 30 at the Nakashin Davao International, Inc. at Malagamot Panacan, Davao City.

To the shock of KMU and the striking workers of Nakashin Davao International, an irate VM Duterte lashed out and hurled expletives at Ka Romualdo “Dodong” Basilio, a regional official of KMU-SMR that day at the picketline.

There is no truth to VM Duterte’s accusation that Dodong Basilio must be blamed for the collapse of negotiations with the owner of Nakashin regarding the demands of the striking workers.

There is no truth to VM Duterte’s statement that on Saturday (May 28), an agreement to dismantle the strike camp had been reached between Duterte and the striking workers and that it was KMU that reneged on that agreement.

The truth is VM Duterte dialogued with the workers at the request of the owner of Nakashin who wanted the workers to stop barricading the company gate so that the company can resume its operations. On Saturday, what emerged from the dialogue was the commitment of the workers that they will not hesitate to end the barricade if a written settlement agreement will be reached to settle the issue between the strikers and Nakashin.

During the same dialogue, VM Duterte announced that the Japanese owner of Nakashin has agreed to give the demands of the workers such as backwages and regularization. VM Duterte also announced that his office will prepare a draft agreement and will send the draft that same day (Saturday) for the workers’ review.

The workers waited until late evening on Saturday but no draft agreement came from VM Duterte’s office. Since no agreement had been reached thus far between Nakashin on Saturday, the workers did not dismantle the barricade.

The workers decided to continue the strike, contrary to VM Duterte’s accusation that Dodong Basilio commanded the workers to push on. The workers waited for the promised agreement and they waited in vain.

Worse, VM Duterte berated and threw invectives at Dodong Basilio such as “Putang ina ka…” “Ikaw ra makinabang ani”… “Ugok”….”Putang ina, badyak-badyakan tika dira karon…” “Bungol man siguro ka… tan-awa imong tiyan dako kaayo…” (Verbatim translation: “Your mother is a whore”… “Only you will benefit from this,”… “Idiot”…. “Your mother is a whore… I will give you a beating”… “Are you deaf? Look at your huge belly!”). Such conduct is unbecoming of a government official particularly when in the midst of an ongoing labor dispute. VM Duterte’s actions are abusive and should not be countenanced.

In addition, we view the appearance of Atty. Manases “Mans” Carpio, brother-in-law of VM Duterte and husband of incoming Mayor Inday Sara Duterte at the picketline as a lawyer for Nakashin as conflict of interest.

VM Duterte missed a significant fact in his handling of the Nakashin strike. It is Nakashin who first violated labor laws and not the striking workers. Nakashin is guilty of “labor-only contracting” or the hiring of contractual workers for usually necessary and desirable services. Such practice is illegal in our laws because workers who perform these tasks should be regularized. Instead they are made perpetual contractuals under labor agencies.

Nakashin has long violated labor laws which have deprived workers of their right to job security, not to mention long-standing unfair labor practices and harsh treatment of its workers who are made to work up to 14 hours every day and are not allowed to sit down.

It is not only the 75 striking workers who are victims of labor rights violations committed by Nakashin but covers more than 200 workers of the company.

If VM Duterte is sincere in helping the workers, why not demand first from Nakashin, a foreign-owned company, to comply with Philippine labor laws which ban labor-only contracting and the degrading treatment of workers?

VM Duterte’s contempt against Dodong Basilio shows his contempt for the workers and Kilusang Mayo Uno, thereby exposing himself to be on the side of capitalists. Ka Dodong Basilio has served the working class as a labor leader for 29 years and his record of commitment and dedication to the upliftment of the lives of workers is unimpeachable. Ka Dodong lives simply and from the beginning of his service until now as a labor leader and negotiator for the workers, he has not accepted any personal favors or bribes from capitalists.

VM Duterte’s views are a stark contrast to that of his father President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made a powerful stand towards ending contractualization in the country.

Contractualization is a scheme imposed by neoliberal policies under a global capitalist system. Ending contractualization requires strong political will and decisive actions from those who lead our nation of which upholding the right to security of tenure should be given supremacy.

In light of this, we seek VM Duterte’s apology. KMU Southern Mindanao does not disregard VM Duterte’s efforts in providing the workers a venue for dialogue with Nakashin. However, his current status in society does not give him license to disparage other lowly citizens, especially ordinary workers.

Lastly, we are bringing the case of Nakashin workers to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte. We remain hopeful that President Duterte can provide intervention and immediate assistance to the workers who have been stripped of their livelihoods.###

Reference Person:
Carl Anthony “Carlo” Olalo
Secretary-general, KMU Southern Mindanao
09123861000

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KILUSANG MAYO UNO – SOUTHERN MINDANAO
SULAT PAMAHAYAG
Hunyo 1, 2016

KMU gikadismaya ang gibuhat ni Bise Mayor Paolo Duterte

Gikadismaya sa Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao ang gibuhat ni Bise Mayor Paolo Duterte atubangan sa mga nagwelgang trabahante niadtong Mayo 30 sa Nakashin Davao International, Inc. sa Malagamot Panacan, Davao City.

Dakong gikakurat sa Kilusang Mayo Uno ug mga nagwelgang trabahante sa Nakashin Davao International ang kalit nga pagpangasaba ug pagbalikas ni BM Duterte ngadto kay Ka Romualdo “Dodong” Basilio, rehiyunal nga opisyal sa KMU-SMR niadtong adlawa.

Walay kamatuoran ang pasangil ni BM Duterte ngadto kay Dodong Basilio nga siya ang hinungdan nganong nahugno ang negosasyon ngadto sa tag-iya sa Nakashin kabahin sa mga gipangayo sa mga nagwelgang trabahante.

Walay kamatuoran ang gisaysay ni BM Duterte nga niadtong Sabado nagkasinabot na ang mga trabahante ug siya nga tanggalon na sa mga nagwelgang trabahante ang ilang barikada atubangan sa kompanya.

Ang tinuod, si BM Duterte nakighinabi sa mga trabahante tungod miduol ang tag-iya sa Nakashin ngadto kaniya ug mihangyo nga tanggalon na ang barikada aron makapadayon sila sa operasyon. Niadtong Sabado (Mayo 28) atol sa pakighinabi ni BM Duterte sa mga trabahante, nagkasinabot nga andam ang mga trabahante nga tanggalon ang ilang barikada kung aduna nay kasabotan mahitungod sa mga gipangayo sa mga trabahante ug ang kompanyang Nakashin.

Sa nahitabong pakighinabi niadtong Sabado, misulti si BM Duterte nga misugot na kuno ang tag-iya sa Nakashin nga ihatag ang mga gipangayo sa mga trabahante susama sa backwages ug pagregularisa kanila sa kompanya. Misulti si BM Duterte nga nag-andam sila og draft nga kasabotan ug maghatag sila og kopya niadtong adlawa (Sabado) ngadto sa mga trabahante.

Naghulat ang mga trabahante hantud gabii niadtong Sabado apan walay miabot nga draft nga kasabotan gikan sa buhatan ni BM Duterte. Tungod sa walay kasabotan nga nahitabo tali sa mga trabahante ug Nakashin niadtong Sabado wala sab gitanggal sa mga trabahante ang ilang barikada.

Ang mga trabahante ang naghukom nga ipadayon ang pagwelga ug dili gikan kay Dodong Basilio nga maoy ginapagawas ni BM Duterte. Naghulat ang mga trabahante sa gisaab nga kasabotan nga gikahinaman sa mga trabahante. Apan ang maong kasabotan wala miabot ug nahitabo.

Ang pagbalikas ug pagbusabos ni BM Duterte kay Ka Dodong Basilio sama sa “Putang ina ka…” “Ikaw ra makinabang ani”… “Ugok”….” “Putang ina, badyak-badyakan tika dira karon…” “Bungol man siguro ka… tan-awa imong tiyan dako kaayo…” usa ka pagbinastos nga dili angay buhaton sa usa ka opisyal sa gobyerno ilabina sa kondukta sa negosasyon sa labor dispute. Ang maong abusadong binuhatan dili angay palagpason.

Dugang pa niini, ang pagtim-aw ni Atty. Manases “Mans” Carpio, nga bayaw ni BM Duterte ug asawa ni incoming Mayor Inday Sara Duterte didto sa picketline isip abogado sa Nakashin Davao Int’l gilantaw sa KMU isip usa ka conflict of interest.

Ang Nakashin mao ang unang misupak sa balaod ug dili ang mga nagwelgang mga trabahante. Adunay “labor-only contracting” o pagpatrabaho sa kontraktwal nga mga trabahante sa mga trabahong adunay direktang kalambigitan sa negosyo sa kompanya o “usually necessary and desirable services” usa ka iligal ilalom sa balaod. Ang kalit nga pagtanggal sa mga trabahante tungod giduso nila ang ilang katungod alang sa regular nga trabaho usa ka pagsupak sa balaod nga gibuhat sa Nakashin. Ang maong kahimtang wala gilantaw ni BM Duterte.

Dugay nang panahon gibuhat sa Nakashin ang iligal nga binuhatan nga naghikaw sa katungod sa mga trabahante sa kasegurohan sa trabaho. Gawas pa kana sa mga mangtas nga pagtratar sa Nakashin sa mga trabahante nga ginapatrabaho mokabat sa 14 ka oras matag adlaw nga dili pwedeng molingkod.

Dili lang ang 75 ka mga nagwelgang trabahante ang biktima sa paghikaw sa iligal nga binuhatan sa Nakashin apan lakip niini ang kapin 200 ka mga trabahante nga nagtrabaho sa kompanya.

Kung tinuod nga motabang si BM Duterte sa mga trabahante, nganong dili niini unahon ipatuman ang balaod mahitungod sa pagdili sa labor-only contracting ug ang mangtas nga pagtratar sa Nakashin sa ilang mga trabahante?

Ang pagbusabos ni BM Duterte kay Dodong Basilio usa ka pagbusabos sa mga trabahante ug sa KMU, nga sa kinauyukan pagdapig sa mga kapitalista. Si Ka Dodong Basilio 29 na ka tuig nga lider sa mga mamumuo nga napamatud-ang ligdong ug tinuoray nga nagadapig sa mga mamumuo. Nagpabilin nga simple ang kinabuhi ni Ka Dodong Basilio ug sukad kaniadto ug hangtod karon wala midawat og bisan unsang personal nga pabor o mga suborno gikan sa kapitalista.

Dakong sukwahi ang gibuhat ni BM Duterte sa baruganan sa iyang amahan nga si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte nga mibarog alang sa pagwagtang sa kontraktwalisasyon sa nasud.

Ang kontraktwalisasyon usa ka iskema nga gipahamtang ilalom sa neoliberal nga polisiya sa sistemang kapitalismo. Ang pagwagtang sa kontraktwalisasyon nanginahanglan ug mahukmanong lakang alang sa mga nag-ulo sa nasud nga kinahanglan hatagan og supremasiya ang katungod sa mga trabahante sa kaseguruhan sa trabaho.

Among gipangayo ngadto kay BM Duterte ang pagpangayo og dispensa sa iyang sayop nga binuhatan. Ang KMU-SMR wala gibalewala ang paningkamot ni BM Duterte nga makiglinya sa tag-iya sa Nakashin. Apan dili lisensya ang iyang kasamtangang istatus sa katilingban nga dili siya morespeto ngadto sa ubang tawo, ilabina mga yano nga trabahante.

Sa kataposan, among ginapadangat ngadto kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang kasamtangang panghitabo ug kahimtang sa mga nagwelgang trabahante. Among gilauman ang iyang hinanaling pagtabang ngadto sa mga trabahante nga giwad-an og panginabuhian.###

Reference Person:
Carl Anthony “Carlo” Olalo
Secretary-general, KMU Southern Mindanao
09123861000

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BREAKING: PLEASE SHARE WIDELY.

 

In a condemnable turn of events, during the finalization of the agreement today and the manner of implementation of the settlement, NAKASHIN and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte have made a 360 degree turn and have withdrawn their support and approval for the outlined settlement earlier signed with NAMANA.

We condemn the duplicity of VM Duterte and NAKASHIN as well as VM Duterte’s blatant disrespect for the workers particularly labor leader Romualdo “Dodong” Basilio whom he verbally abused during the negotiations. Such conduct is not befitting of a person in government who should be in the service of the citizens. Such conduct also belittles the standing of the workers who are the lifeblood of the Philippine economy.

KMU Southern Mindanao will be issuing a full statement on this. We are calling for a press conference in light of this development.

We thank the overwhelming support and congratulatory comments of everyone. We implore you to help us win this strike by demanding that NAKASHIN and Vice Mayor Duterte hold their end of the bargain and support/sign the formal Memorandum of Agreement to seal the settlement.

For now, THE STRIKE CONTINUES!

URING MANGGAGAWA, HUKBONG MAPAGPALAYA!

Kilusang Mayo Uno – KMU

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Support the Nakashin workers’ Strike!

Support the Nakashin workers’ strike!

We support the strike of the workers of Nakashin Davao International. We are calling on all workers and all Filipinos to support the Nakashin workers’ struggle.

The Japanese capitalists who own the food manufacturing and export company should heed the workers’ just demands. The Nakashin workers have every right to demand the reinstatement of the 75 workers who were illegally retrenched, the regularization of all long-term contractuals being employed by the company, and the full payment of the workers’ Service Incentive Leave and other underpaid benefits.

The following workers’ struggles are just some of the test cases for incoming president Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of ending contractualization in the country:

Nakashin Davao International in Davao City. 75 long-standing contractuals were illegally retrenched. 320 long-standing contractuals being denied regularization. Launched a strike last May 25, 2016.
Manila Cordage Company (MCC) and Manco Synthetics Incorporated (MSI) in Calamba City, Laguna. 361 long-standing contractuals were denied regularization and the recognition of their union. Launched a strike last May 04, 2016.

Tanduay Distillers, Inc. in Cabuyao, Laguna. 397 contractual workers were denied of regularization and recognition of their union. Launched a strike last May 18, 2015. Department of Labor and Employment decision favoring workers remains unimplemented to this day.
Wyeth Philippines in Cabuyao, Laguna. 87 long-standing contractuals were illegally retrenched for fighting for their regularization and forming their union last May 12, 2014.

These cases clearly prove that contractualization is a wholesale violation of workers’ basic rights to a minimum wage, job security, and unionization. In calling for an end to contractualization, workers are fighting for the most basic of their rights.

Pres. Noynoy Aquino continued to legalize contractualization through DOLE Order No. 18-A Series of 2011. His government’s inaction on these cases highlights the fact that his government has served big foreign and local capitalists at the expense of workers’ most basic rights.

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