KMU-SMR Media Release
October 10, 2018
Compostela court sides with SUMIFRU striking workers; a partial victory for the fight for workers’ rights
Today, October 10, 2018, RTC 11 Branch 56 of Compostela Valley dismissed the issuance of preliminary injunction filed by Sumifru on October 6, aimed at “restraining the members of KMU who are responsible for blocking the ingress and egress of the banana plantation.” The court not only DENIED the injunction but also DISMISSED the case due to the non-exhaustion of administrative remedies by the company.
The Japanese company should be held accountable for deliberately ignoring a 2017 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the employer-employee relationship between Sumifru and its workers. The union is also recognized and certified by no less than the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent (SEBA) since 2010.
The workers enjoin everyone to stand alongside them in their struggle for their economic, civil and political rights amid unabated repression and oppression worsened by Martial Law and heavy deployment of police and military troops in the strike sites.