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.