Brave Women Leaders of Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin (NAMANA)

Ka Stella Partoza, woman striker and leader of Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin (NAMANA) currently on strike. She is part of Research and Dev’t for NAKASHIN and has worked for the company for 8 years and remains a contractual worker. NAKASHIN exports frozen fruit products for the global market, mainly Japan and Europe. Along with other women workers, spending 1-2 hours inside subzero temperature, having no rest days, working for more than 8 hours without overtime pay including “charity hour”, and the lack of job security, Stella did not accept the dismissal as final and brought her battle to the picketline.

 

Said Stella,

“Most of the strikers are women. It is not only men who know how to fight, the women more.”

Well said, Ka Stella. A woman’s place is truly in the struggle. Kudos!

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Ka Chai Requirme, one of the brave women leaders of Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin (NAMANA), who are currently on strike following mass dismissal of workers in Japanese-owned Nakashin Davao Int’l in Malagamot, Panacan.

 

“Kadtong nakita namo ang kaisog sa among han-ay ug sa grabe nga suporta gikan sa KMU, nakaingon ko nga naa gyud mi laban. Mudaog gyud ang amoang welga.”

In unity, there is strength!

Bravo Ka Chai and all women workers fighting for our right to regular employment!

 

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NAKASHIN WORKERS GO ON STRIKE!

NAKASHIN WORKERS GO ON STRIKE!

REINSTATE ALL ILLEGALLY DISMISSED WORKERS!

REGULARIZE NAKASHIN WORKERS!

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Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin (NAMANA), an association of contractual workers in Japanese-owned Nakashin Davao International launch strike against illegal dismissal. Their demands: immediate reinstatement and regularization for all 75 illegally dismissed workers.

‪#‎stopcontractualization‬

‪#‎kontraktwalgawingregular‬
‪#‎FightforRegularJobs‬

 

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KMU SOUTHERN MINDANAO IN THE NEWS

Labor Day cry: ‘End contractualization, raise wages’

On Labor Day, militant workers call the Aquino administration a ‘butcher’ of jobs as they challenge presidential bets to abolish contractualization and raise wages.

The plight of 75 dismissed workers of fruit exporter Nakashin Davao International, who were allegedly urged by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to accept a P1,000-settlement offered by the Japanese-owned company, reflects the condition of millions of workers across the country, said a local union.

“Workers who have worked for 3 years should receive around P5,000 payment for SIL (service incentive leave). Some of us have worked for 6 years. We can’t accept a lower amount because there is a labor standard. What’s the use of DOLE if it cannot enforce the labor standards, worse, it it convinces workers to accept substandard benefits?” lamented Lester Pillado, president of the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin

The workers of Nakashin have been picketing the regional office of DOLE in Davao. On Sunday, they will join other workers to press their demands.

by: Rappler.com
Published 8:32 PM, May 01, 2015
Updated 8:32 PM, May 01, 2015

 

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Labor group hits DOLE for being capitalist mouthpiece

27 April 2016
MEDIA RELEASE

Labor group hits DOLE for being capitalist mouthpiece

DAVAO CITY- Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno together with sacked workers of a Japanese-owned frozen food exporter Nakashin Davao International picketed the DOLE Regional Office in Dacudao today to protest the agency’s role on the mass dismissals of workers, saying that the DOLE itself recommended to the workers to give up their length of service by signing a waiver, quitclaim, and accept the P1,000.00 settlement from the company’s labor agencies. Nakashin is an exporter of frozen mangoes and pineapple to the European and Japanese market and is based in Malagamot, Davao City. All seventy five (75) workers were barred from company premises on April 9, 2016.

Lester Pillado, president of the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin (NAMANA) blasted the DOLE, “We complained against Nakashin because it did not comply with labor standards. However, the agency’s judgment call was to tell the workers to just accept what the company and labor agencies had to offer, particularly P1,000.00. That is their settlement for the whole duration of non-payment of SIL for three, four, five, six years of employment? DOLE is a capitalist mouthpiece and we are witness to that.”

Pillado twitted Labor Inspector Julieta Aguilar who was assigned to conduct labor inspection but instead attempted to persuade the workers to just take what the labor agencies contracted by the company DBS and Workstation are willing to give.

“Workers who have worked for three years should receive around five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) payment for SIL. Some of us have worked for six years. We cannot accept a lower amount because there is a labor standard. Of what use is the DOLE at all if it cannot enforce the labor standards, worse, convince workers to accept substandard benefits?” added Pillado.

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno – KMU in Southern Mindanao lambasted Nakashin for the illegal dismissals and hit the DOLE for allowing foreign capitalists to hoodwink Filipino workers and even colluding with capitalists to pressure workers into signing waivers and quitclaims, essentially surrendering their chances of achieving regular employment.

The group also hit DOLE for maintaining rabid anti-union and anti-KMU employees such as Cecilia Dayhon who has been reported by workers to be actively and consistently campaigning against affiliating with KMU during the process of union registration.

KMU lauded the protest action of the dismissed Nakashin workers. The group called on fellow workers and unionists to support the struggle of the Nakashin workers and demanded an end to contractualization and passage of the Regular Employment Bill.###

Reference: Reference: Lester Pillado, president, NAMANA, 09053733294
Carlo Olalo, secretary general, KMU Southern Mindanao, 0912 386 1000

 

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Illegally dismissed frozen food workers set up camp to demand reinstatement

21 April 2016
MEDIA RELEASE

Illegally dismissed frozen food workers set up camp to demand reinstatement

13012738_1068243846582889_577539900437018377_nDAVAO CITY – Sacked workers of a Japanese-owned frozen food exporter Nakashin Davao International set up a protest camp outside the company premises today to call for their immediate reinstatement. Nakashin is an exporter of frozen mangoes and pineapple to the European and Japanese market and is based in Malagamot, Davao City.

On April 9, 2016, Nakashin dismissed seventy five (75) of its workers when they refused to sign a blank waiver and quitclaim and to write a resignation letter in exchange for one thousand pesos (P1,000.00). Most of them had worked for the company for three to eight years and signing the waiver and quitclaim would automatically cut their length of service.

Lester Millado, president of the Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Nakashin (NAMANA) explained why they set up the workers’ camp, “We have set up a camp outside Nakashin because we refuse to be duped by the management’s effort in forcing us to sign the waiver and quitclaim in exchange for our length of service. We should be regular workers now and yet, they want us to go back to zero.”

Millado said that they filed a case on December 2015 against the company for failing to pay their Service Incentive Leave (SIL). The worker-leader lamented the pro-capitalist stance of the Department of Labor and Employment, particularly on the Labor Laws Compliance Inspector assigned to their case who told them to just cooperate and accept the management’s offer of settlement, to sign the quitclaims so that they can go back to work.

Two rounds of illegal dismissals have been undertaken by the company in an apparent effort to totally implement the contractual scheme of employment: the first in January where 15 employees were dismissed and then the recent one which dismissed 75. Of its total workforce of over 300 employees, only twenty (20) are acknowledged by the company as regulars. All the rest are employed by labor agencies DBS and Workstation.

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno – KMU in Southern Mindanao lambasted Nakashin for the illegal dismissals and hit the DOLE for allowing foreign capitalists to hoodwink Filipino workers and in some instances, even colluding with capitalists to pressure workers into signing waivers and quitclaims, essentially surrendering their chances of achieving regular employment.

“This is not the first time that a Japanese-owned company has done the exact same thing to its workers. Digos-based brickmaker Nakayama also implemented this deceitful scheme to dispose of hundreds of their workers. It is indeed a condemnable trend that workers who assert their rights to labor standards and regularization are immediately sacked and the government lets these abusive capitalists get away with it,” said Carlo Olalo, secretary general of KMU SMR.

The labor leader said that the dismissed workers are assigned in tasks considered “necessary and desirable” to the business and hence their jobs should not be contracted out. In particular, the workers belong in the receiving, blanching, harvesting, research and development, packing, boxing, and cold storage areas.

Olalo explained that as long as our laws permit the contractualization of jobs, workers will continue to suffer, “So long as the Aquino government or any future government clings to imperialist neoliberal policies on labor, our workers will be under the perpetual mercy and control of capitalists. We should junk the laws which normalize contractual work such as the Herrera Law and Department Order 18-A, Series of 2011.”

KMU lauded the protest action of the dismissed Nakashin workers. The group called on fellow workers and unionists to support the struggle of the Nakashin workers and demanded the passage of the Regular Employment Bill.###

Reference: Lester Millado, president, NAMANA, 09053733294
Carlo Olalo, secretary general, KMU Southern Mindanao, 0912 386 1000

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Ruben Enlog Is A Civilian, Contrary to the Lies of the Eastern Mindanao Command

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These photos show Ruben Enlog entering into dialogue with various local officials in Davao City to raise the issue of militarization in Paquibato. This year, Enlog participated in two meetings with other IP leaders. First was with Davao City Mayor…

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Liham kay Pareng Noynoy

Teddy Casiño

Dear Noynyoy,

Dahil alam kong mas pinakikinggan mo ang mga kaibigan mo, susulatan kita bilang isang kaibigan. Tutal, isang termino tayong classmate sa Congress at minsan na ring naka-duet sa videoke sa isang Christmas party. Alam mo namang wala akong personal na galit sa iyo kayat sana’y mabasa mo ito sa diwa ng aking pagkakasulat bilang isang nagmamalasakit ngunit prangkang kakilala at kababayan.

Pare, gusto kong malaman mo na galit ang tao sa iyo dahil ayaw mong tanggapin ang pagkakamali mo sa nangyari sa Mamasapano. Oo, sinabi mong pinapanagutan mo at dadalhin mo hanggang sa hukay mo ang kapahamakang ito. Pero hindi mo naman kasi nililinaw kung ano ang tinatanggap mong kasalanan. Hindi uubra yung generic. Tapos ngayon ang sasabihin mo ang pagkakamali mo lang ay nagpaniwala ka sa mga boladas ni Purisima at Napenas.

Unang-una pare, bakit mo kasi binigyan ng papel yung ugok mong kaibigan na si Purisima…

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KMU SOUTHERN MINDANAO IN THE NEWS:

Labor Center Files Plaint for Harassment

A PROGRESSIVE labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)-Southern Mindanao filed Thursday a complaint against the Philippine government whom they accused of harassing union leaders in the region.

Representatives of KMU-Southern Mindanao led by Joel Maglunsod appeared before the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Davao to file the complaint.

The harassment on the workers is too much particularly on what we call as trade union repression. This also includes the intervention of the military in the trade union activities. This should be heeded by the government since it is a signatory to the ILO, Maglunsod said.

He added that the government should not include trade unions in their counterinsurgency programs, saying they are only conducting their activities to protect the welfare and rights of the workers.

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Women workers in Southern Mindanao are rising for revolution!

Know why we rise through this short video we produced as our contribution to the One Billion Rising for Revolution campaign

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Unbreakable unity means victory: statement of RMN Davao Employees Union-NAFLU-KMU on the conclusion of the strike

“The strike of the only union in the Radio Mindanao Network ended victoriously. This victory is a testament to the unbreakable unity and militant action of the RMN Davao workers throughout the forty-one day strike, and from strong local and national solidarity. Despite the inclement weather, repeated and persistent attacks against the union on-air and off-air, RMN management failed to break our union.”

This was the statement of RMN Davao Employees Union president Gina Hitgano upon the conclusion of the strike which was declared 41 days ago at exactly 1:15pm on October 2, 2014. Hitgano leads a 17-strong union of radio reporters and technicians who declared a strike due to unfair labor practice related to the non-implementation of job security provisions in their CBA.

RMN management refused to replace six (6) vacant positions with regular workers, and instead hired “talents” despite the CBA’s explicit stipulation of prioritizing regular workers. Management’s obstinate refusal to regularize contractual workers is seen as a union busting scheme designed to slowly reduce the number of the bargaining unit until its annihilation. Likewise, RMN’s devious tactic of creating positions outside of the organizational structure so that it can promote union members to the managerial level serves the similar purpose of furthering decreasing union membership.

A strong and creative campaign which lasted 41 days forced the RMN management to yield to the union’s position pertaining to the regularization of contractual workers and removed a major stumbling block towards the resumption of CBA negotiations on pertinent economic benefits for union members. Yesterday, November 13, the union and the management formally signed a compromise agreement which ended the strike.

Out of the six positions lobbied by the union for regularization, five (5) positions were successfully attained, three (3) for FM and two (2) for AM. In addition, CBA renegotiations will commence 10 days after the signing of the compromise agreement. The RMN management has also offered a much-improved counterproposal on wage increase and an increase in meal allowance which will greatly benefit the workers. Had we not waged this strike, these significant gains would not have been achieved.

“The RMN management failed to break our union. During the first strike, we fought for 9 days and won, but with a colleague yielding to the pressure, even resigning from the union. During this second strike, we fought for 41 days, and won without a single union member succumbing to economic pressure and even offers of amnesty from the management. We have proven thus far that what we have is an unbreakable union. This is our biggest victory and we will guard it relentlessly,” adds Hitgano.

The strike as a teacher

This strike became a great teacher.

It taught us that a strike will not succeed without our unity. Seventeen of us were spread across three distant strike camps/picketlines, our small number vulnerable to threat, even aggression from management, as well as individual misgivings. Had the management sensed weakness on any of the three strike camps, we would have been easily crushed.

It also affirmed the importance of education as a strong factor in elevating workers’ consciousness of their rights and solidifying commitment to fight in order to claim these rights. The strike has illustrated the need for a small union like ours to consolidate and fortify our ranks through continuous political education.

In the end, the union, proved that the slanderous statements, inflammatory actions, and harassments from management were no match for our unity, determination, and political commitment to see this struggle towards its victory.

This strike also showed us that we can rely on our comrades, our ka-manggagawa to give us inspiration and solidarity.

Strikers and their supporters unite for the first National Day of Action to support RMN Davao workers strike.

Strikers and their supporters unite for the first National Day of Action to support RMN Davao workers strike.Strikers and their supporters unite for the first National Day of Action to support RMN Davao workers strike.

We are thankful to the overwhelming support we have received from all regional chapters and organizations under the umbrella of Kilusang Mayo Uno, who conducted protest actions in order to pressure RMN management. For three consecutive nationally coordinated protests, our comrades in Manila, General Santos, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato City urged RMN to respect our rights and to resolve the strike. They joined our social media campaigns in calling for support for our strike.

Social media campaigns such as selfie campaign helped publicize the strike and forged solidarity with workers from across the countrySocial media campaigns such as selfie campaign helped publicize the strike and forged solidarity with workers from across the country

We are also deeply thankful to our colleagues in the media, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines who united with us in calling for an end to the repression of media workers and respect for their rights as workers.

We are also thankful to the grassroots and progressive organizations that stayed with us, perspired with us, got sick with us, fought with us, and lastly, triumphed with us. Despite the vilification campaigns against these organizations, their support only heightened our tenacity to see this strike to its successful conclusion.

Packing up and moving on to strengthen and consolidate the union.Packing up and moving on to strengthen and consolidate the union.

Any working class victory is always a partial victory, for the class contradictions between the workers and the capitalist in the workplace will always exist. There will always be struggle. But this recent victory has strengthened our resolve to be more prepared against future union-busting schemes of management. From the lessons that we have reaped from this strike, we will use them in order to more vigilantly defend our union.

This victory is a victory not only for RDEU but a victory for the working class.

Mabuhi ang hut-ong mamumuo!

Mabuhi ang tinuod, palaban ug militanteng unyonismo!

Strikers rejoice: KADAUGAN!

Strikers rejoice: KADAUGAN!

Strikers rejoice: KADAUGAN

Reference:
Gina Hitgano
President, RDEU-NAFLU-KMU
0999-725-3989

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