Glenn Thompson

Glenn Thompson

Since March, CTA Autonoma has supported the national government's measures to respond to the health emergency caused by COVID19, just as they have accompanied the efforts of all social sectors to minimize the damage that this situation will cause to the entire population, taking into account the delicate economic and social situation that the country previously carried as a result of a neoliberal government that left power in December 2019. 
 
CTA Autonoma delivered to the Minister of Labor of the Nation a program of measures and policies that from their perspective would deepen the measures of protection of the workers, in particular of those who have fewer resources and who are outside the social protection networks. Among the measures already adopted by the National Government, there are the emergency amounts granted to retirees and pensioners who receive the lowest income, and to those who receive the Asignación Universal por Hijo (AUH). These measures include the granting of work permits to all workers belonging to one of the risk groups, as well as the dispensation of those who have dependent children in school from attending workplaces. 
 
In order to strengthen the measures, CTA Autónoma suggested the adoption of the suspension of dismissals and the penalization of them with double compensation as well as the inclusion of COVID19 among the occupational diseases. These measures were adopted and implemented. CTA also demanded the extension of one of the main tools designed to address the economic situation of the lower-income sectors, the Emergency Family Income, to the entire population. it currently does not reach some migrant communities and categories of single-income (autoemployed) workers who have been heavily affected by the pandemic. CTA also made available to the community the resources and union structures, distributing hygiene items such as chinstraps and sanitizers, masks, and dusters produced by factories recovered by workers from the plant.
 
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However, CTA have also expressed our critical views on some initiatives implemented by the national government, such as the aid to work and production (Ayuda al Trabajo y la Producción), a tool designed to solve the difficulties of companies to pay 50% of their workers' salaries, but that by its design favored large corporations that saved money at the expense of the State instead of focusing exclusively on small and medium enterprises, the engine of employment in our country.
 
As a general perspective in the face of the pandemic, our centre union held the idea that there is no solution within this unequal society. From that perspective, the union centre has clearly said that our country has reached this juncture with a recent history of vertiginous regression of the social membership where hunger has become the dangerous pandemic that mainly affects children and has been surrounding for a long time a rate of 10% and poverty affects 40% of the population. It is necessary and opportune to apply a decisive redistributive exit.
 
CTA's proposal were oriented towards the need for an urgent income floor through programs that are consistent with each other, complementary, and adjusted to the needs of the population that requires attention, avoiding situations of asymmetry between the same groups. 
 
What needs to be done in this pressing context is the construction of an effectively universal containment network organically integrated by a set of programs. That is why CTA has been prosecuting a proposal to guarantee an income to all households in line with a total or food basket, something that is possible because Argentina has the economic capacity to do so. The financing of an initiative should be the implementation of an extraordinary tax on the great fortunes in the country, which is still waiting to be dealt with in the national congress.
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Meanwhile, our social organizations were supporting the most vulnerable populations with food and assistance by working in popular neighborhoods. In particular, our National Territorial Federation, which contains these organizations in the CTA, carried out several days of popular cookery in neighborhoods throughout the country.
 
On the other hand, our centre union continued contacts and meetings with national government authorities to demand greater attention to the informal sector of the economy and better working conditions for health personnel who are in the front line.
 
In July the CTA Autónoma took the initiative to launch the campaign "Distribute the wealth to get out of the crisis". This is derived from the National Manifesto for Sovereignty, Work, and Production, presented last May 1st by a group of social, political, and trade union organizations of the country. Universal wages, permanent tax on large fortunes, food, energy, and technological sovereignty, strengthening democracy so that there are no poor households in Argentina, and ending gender inequality are among the main axes.
 
On August 31, the CTA reaffirmed these strategic axes in an Extraordinary National Congress held virtually for the first time in its history, bringing together 600 congressmen from all over the country.
 
CTA believes that the pandemic did not invent the inequality, economic concentration, injustices, and marginality against which we have been fighting for years. But it did make them worse, showing how decades of neoliberal reforms and complicit governments only feed corporate greed that leaves the most vulnerable people unprotected in their health, rights, and jobs.
 
COVID19 has clearly demonstrated that the current political-economic system is not capable of providing equal and fair services to all. This is a structural problem, made worse by calculated, systematic, and intentional policies: it is not the result of the failure of individual decisions or failed random strategies.
 
The main lesson of the pandemic is the leading role of the State and the public sector as guarantors of a dignified life. Likewise, it is clear that a truly sustainable development model is not possible without the existence of quality public services and free access, especially with regard to health, education, transportation and energy are key. And those workers are more essential than ever. Quality public services accessible to all improve people's quality of life and are fundamental to the creation of equitable, prosperous, and democratic societies. There is no development without them.
 
The pandemic made visible the seriousness of the structural problems originating in the neoliberal political and economic model of the last 40 years, whose emergence is the high incidence of poverty, particularly impacting children. A significant proportion of workers do not earn the minimum wage, or who are outside the collective agreements. The Universal Income cannot be discussed outside the context of the other themes of the Congress, such as the redistribution of wealth, the tax on large fortunes, among others. Likewise, the Universal Income cannot be discussed without considering the different modalities of the work, sedimented through the successive crises, going from the formal salaried workers, the different forms of precarized workers, the unregistered workers, undercover workers, subsistence self-employed, workers in the popular economy and, gaining new prominence during the pandemic, care, and domestic workers both at home and in the community.
 
Income in general is far from guaranteeing subsistence, we must identify the focuses of inequality since we have paid jobs (market jobs) and unpaid jobs (domestic tasks, care work, community work) generally performed by women. Within the market jobs, there is also a strong gender wage gap.
 
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They recognize and necessary action needed to address the inequality between registered jobs affected by different conditions: distributing work, particularly through training, reducing the working day, and limiting the number of hours per week (48 hours). It could be reduced not in terms of the length of the daily workday but by reducing it by one day a week, for example. It is also possible to distribute registered work and promote activities such as the recreational industries to generate work with rights and occupational health. To carry out campaigns against unregistered work, not only because the right of workers is violated, but also because the State ceases to receive income that would support the social security system. Unregistered work is also an unregistered economy.
 
CTA's will is to get out of the crisis through a more supportive and non-competitive world, with health and safety, with social protection throughout life; to deepen the relationship between Education and Work. Training and Vocational Training must be a strategic objective in the face of technological transformations.  It is necessary to recognize that the country will not have parity, a dignified salary or universal income without questioning the debt and the great fortunes. The challenge of our country and in the region is to recover the role of the state in a liberating sense in order to deepen democracy, and that will be impossible if at the same time the free organizations of the people, especially of the working class, are not strengthened.
 
Today the role of the state has to be one of strong intervention, we must learn the lessons of the crisis of 2008 when the state was used to save the international banking-financial system, but to invest in productive development for national sovereignty. This pandemic crisis must generate opportunities for the working class nationally, regionally, internationally.
9th September 2020.
 
It has been a month since Brazil surpassed the 100,000 fatal victims of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). After a month of this tragic mark, Brazil continues to have, on average, 1,000 deaths per day, reaching almost 130,000 deaths, behind only the United States in number of cases and deaths.
 
President Jair Bolsonaro continues to boycott the initiatives of states and municipalities in the fight against the pandemic, in addition to numerous statements that he has given minimizing and mocking the gravity of Covid-19. Bolsonaro is against the policy of social isolation and is not concerned with hiding his contempt and lack of empathy with the relatives of the fatal victims of the disease.
 
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Photographer: Roberto Parizotti
 
In a country of continental dimensions, we are experiencing a lack of national coordination and after changing the Health Minister twice in less  than a month, Brazilians still do not have one, as the current Minister is an interim boss and with no medical experience. Meanwhile, Jair Bolsonaro limits himself to continuous advertise the use of hydroxychloroquine - in opposition to the various scientific studies that have ruled out the drug's effectiveness in combating Covid-19. 
 
The inaction of the federal government in terms of social protection or any kind of social policies, the opposition-led, with a lot of pressure/support from the labour movement, the struggle for emergency aid, and then the Parliament approved it. However now Bolsonaro does not want to continue with this amount and offered only applying half of it until the end of the year.
 
The Parliament had approval an emergency aid of 600 reais (about US$120) to the most vulnerable. However, the government has already announced that it will no longer proceed with this amount. Brazilians do not have perspectives of the end of the pandemic, with the government defending the support of only 300 reais (US$60) as an emergency aid.
 
 
Due to the chaotic situation, CUT Brazil and 40 other civil society organizations filed an impeachment request against President Jair Bolsonaro in the Chamber of Deputies last July 14th - intensifying the #ForaBolsonaro campaign.
 
CUT Brazil and its unions have acted both in the defense of a value worthy of the emergency aid, and in the various negotiations of different sectors that face different and serious impacts on their labour relations. The unemployment rate is breaking record, exceeding 13%. It happens that in addition to unemployment in the formal sector, in the informal sector, job loss also breaks another record exceeding 20%. In addition, during the pandemic, many workers had their income reduced and many rights withdrawn.
 
The challenges imposed on the working class are enormous, not only because of the pandemic issue that continues to unfortunately overwhelm many and take the lives of hundreds of thousands, but also because of the economic and social consequences that have already impacted the working class in an unprecedented way. 
 
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 Photographer: Roberto Parizotti
 
The identity and centrality of the work that was being attacked for many years, are once again gaining prominence but in a tragic way, after all, the shrinking of job offers and the worsening of working conditions will be one of the main challenges that Brazil will face after COVID. 
 
CUT Brazil continues to defend basic values during the pandemic period such as the fight for lifes and jobs, that the State should guarantee.
NEWS RELEASE | 31 August 2020
 
On National Heroes Day, workers under the banner of United Workers paid tribute to the hardwork and heroism of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
In a symbolic protest action at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City, the workers from Kilusang Mayo Uno, Nagkaisa! Labor Coalition and Paggawa paid tribute to the 38 fallen medical workers by offering flowers. They also paid tribute to heroes of the working class, some are included in the Wall of Remembrance of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.
 
“Today, we pay tribute to our medical workers who battle the COVID-19 pandemic at the frontlines, in service of the people. They are our modern heroes. We also remember heroes of the working class from the past, from Gat Andres Bonifacio and Amado V. Hernandez, to Ka Lando and Ka Bert Olalia, and Crispin ‘Ka Bel’ Beltran, who led the Filipino people in the most trying times of our nation’s history, who fought for our freedoms and the greatness of our country. We give them a high salute!” said Elmer Labog, Chairperson of Kilusang Mayo Uno.
 
Labog added that leadership emulated by Filipino heroes is very much needed in this time of pandemic and crisis, something the Duterte Administration and the IATF utterly failed to do, to the detriment of people’s health, rights and livelihood.
 
As they remember those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, the workers reiterated their call for free mass testing, to secure the safety of workplaces and to provide hazard pay to all the frontliners in different fronts of activity during the pandemic.
 
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 Chairperson Kilusang Mayo Uno Elmer Labog
 
“We know there are people dying including many of our frontliners.  But we see  our frontliners still bravely fighting. Despite low pay and lack of PPEs, they care enough to make life worth living in this time of pandemic. Despite the threat to their own lives, our health care workers are courageously healing those who are sick. They are risking their own lives in order to make a better life for us.  They are our living heroes fighting on the frontlines and worthy to be recognized with our concrete attention on National Heroes Day,” said Atty. Sonny Matula, President of Federation of Free Workers, and Chairperson of Nagkaisa Labor Coalition.
 
Trade unions press for regular free testing, quarantine leave, hazard pay for health workers in the private sector, and much needed rest for frontline workers. They also demand that those who are under job orders or contract of service schemes need to be regularized under the civil service law as mandated by the Universal Health Care Law.
 
As millions of workers lose their job due to the pandemic, the worker’s coalition challenged the Duterte government to institute meaningful reforms and economic policies that promote and build local industries, mobilize local resources, and generate jobs for Filipinos.
 
"We owe our very lives to the heroism of the toiling masses. Though unwell, the Filipino people are still alive to endure the twin scourges of a pandemic and a global economic slowdown. On this year's National Heroes Day, we say thank you to those who produce and distribute our needs, to those who toil in farms, to those who are deemed essential but are paid with starvation wages, to those who transport both people and commodities, to those at the medical frontlines, to people of science who are in frantic search for a vaccine, to those who create art to shield us from depression and hopelessness. In the same manner, we are reserving our most scathing cuss words against a bungling and incompetent regime that is more concerned with plunder and its ratings with vulturous credit and finance institutions,"  Paggawa spokesperson Leody De Guzman.
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Media conference: Chairperson Kilusang Mayo Uno Elmer Labog
 
United Workers urged fellow workers to persist in unity, organizing and building unions,  to advance the urgent demands for people’s health, jobs and rights in the face of the COVID pandemic and the worst economic crisis in the country.
 
References:    Elmer Labog, Kilusang Mayo Uno Chairperson (09081636597)
                     Atty. Sonny Matula, Nagkaisa Chairperson (09178079041)

 Elmer Bong Labog, leader of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) union federation in the Philippines, called on Australian unionists and internationalists to stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters on a Solidarity Tour in Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney.

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Melbourne: over seventy-five internationalists hear Elmer’s call for solidarity

“The intensive harassment and repression of trade union members and working people in the Philippines deserves to be condemned by all who value basic human rights and the rule of law.”

On his solidarity tour, Elmer met with union members and leaders from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), UnionsWA, Public Services International (PSI) Asia Pacific, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU), Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), Australian Nurses and Midwives Federation (ANMF), Australian Council of Trade Unions, (ACTU), the Financial Services Union (FSU), and the NSW Teachers Federation.

And union members responded to Elmer’s call, with strong numbers of activists attending the events. 

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In Perth, Elmer Labog met with the Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA Perth Activist Group. After being welcomed by AMWU Secretary Glenn Thompson and meeting with UnionsWa Secretary Meredith Hammat and WA Greens leader Alison Xamon MLC, Elmer attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Solidarity Park in commemoration of the forty-six union members murdered in extra-judicial violence under the Duterte regime. 

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Perth: Wreath Laid in Commemoration of Murdered Philippine Unionists

In Melbourne, more than seventy-five Victorian unionists gathered to hear Elmer and Meryle in conversation with Brother Thy Yann from the Building Woodworkers Trade Union of Cambodia (BWTUB)  and Andrew Dettmer from the AMWU – Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union about trade union repression across the Asia Pacific.

The delegation met with Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Michele O’NeilLuke Hilakari Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, and Kate Lappin, Regional Secretary of Public Services International (PSI) Asia Pacific.

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In Canberra, the Philippine delegation spoke with federal parliamentarians about the urgent need for the Australian government to pressure the Duterte regime to end the killings. They called for Australia to end its military aid of the Philippines military, which has been implicated in wide-spread human rights abuses against civil society activists and campaigners.

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Canberra: Parliamentarians hear about trade union repression in the Philippines

“The right of working people to organise is guaranteed by international standards and national laws, including the ILO Convention on Freedom of Association, but these are being ignored by the Duterte regime in the Philippines. We call on the Australian government to suspend military assistance to the Duterte Regime.”
Elmer and Meryl spoke with: Senator Penny WongAdam Bandt MP, Senator Tony Sheldon, Senator Kim CarrSenator Tim AyresJosh Wilson MPPat Conroy MPPeter Khalil MPGed Kearney MP, Julian Hill MP, and Josh Burns MP
17th December 2019.
 
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A South Korean court has sentenced the chairman of the board of Samsung Electronics to 18 months in prison for sabotaging union activities, in a ruling likely to add pressure on the technology giant to overhaul its corporate culture.
 
Dozens of other current and former employees at various Samsung units were also convicted on Tuesday for their mistreatment of trade unions. State prosecutors have said Samsung executives used various tactics to discourage union activities, including threatening to cut the wages of employees linked to unions and withdraw business from subcontractors who appeared union-friendly.
 
Samsung group, South Korea’s biggest conglomerate, is facing growing public pressure to reset relations with its workers following a decades-long antitrade union stance. While not an official policy, Samsung has publicly expressed an aversion to unions, stating that they “create unnecessary conflicts”.
 
Labour activists have called for strong punishment for Samsung executives involved in sabotaging efforts to organise union activities.
 
It is a meaningful ruling which ended the Korean government's long-standing practice of giving SAMSUNG corporate impunity from punishment for crimes even though the crimes had victims and despite the company's deliberate, elaborately pre-planned, systematic and organizationally-mobilized methodical carrying-out of the crimes ~ and probable recidivism and destruction of evidence.
 
But somehow, corporate leaders who were at the center of the fierce union busting in the latter half of 2013 -- namely CHOI Gee-sung (Future Strategy office of Samsung Group) and Chairman LEE Kun-hee and the corporate magnate's family members -- were not even indicted.
 
Indeed, the KMWU press statement following the courts decision called for re-detention of Samsung magnate LEE Jay-yong.

Radio Labour: Philippines Report

On the 10-11th December civil society and the global union movement stood together in condemning the recent raids, arrests and extrajudicial killings of 45 trade union leaders in the Philippines. The Philippine government, led by President Duterte, targets unionists, journalists, human rights activists and organisations critical of the regime in a process known as ‘red tagging’. These people and organisations are falsely labelled as terrorists and targeted with harassment, arrests, and violence.

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The persecution of labour organisations in the Philippines infringes on freedom of association and the right to organise. Labour organisations have been unjustly targeted as fronts for armed struggle movements, with state police fabricating firearm possession charges by planting weapons and ammunition. The raids, arrests and current political climate have been effective in preventing workers from organising within the trade union movement. 

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We urge the government of the Philippines to: 

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1. Stop the attacks and “red tagging” of trade union organisations and labour activists. 

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2. Implement the recommendations concluded by the Committee of Application of Standards of the ILO in June 2019; and 

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3. Accept the High-Level Tripartite Mission of the ILO to visit the country at the soonest possible time. 

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Workers’ rights are human rights. We stand in solidarity with our comrades fighting for their rights in the Philippines.” 

 

ITUC - Global Unions Statement

Press statement 4th June 2019.
 

Trade union organizer Maoj Maga raised his fist in defiance of the court decision finding him guilty based on planted evidence. Eleanor, KMU secretary for human rights and wife of Maga in this photo comforts their son.

Maga was arrested last year without warrant while playing basketball with other school kids' parents after taking their son to school. The police said Maga was illegally carrying a gun during that time which is ludicrous for someone who is playing basketball near the school.

 

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 We decry the decision of the court to declare labor rights activist and union organizer Maoj Maga guilty. He was convicted yesterday on the case of illegal possession of firearms and was sentenced to prison for a minimum of eight years and one day.

 
The San Mateo Regional Trial Court decision is biased against trade unionists and is leaning towards the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippines National Police (PNP). It serves their objective of preventing key leaders and organizers of the militant trade union Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and PISTON from organizing workers to assert their demands.
 
The charges laid against Maga are baseless. The evidence was planted. The real criminals here are the police who illegally arrested Maga and came out with false testimonies. They blatantly lied in their testimonies and the court based its decision only on these lies, and nothing more. Maga’s basic rights to liberty and due process are grossly violated.
 
The police lied, and by affirming their lies, the court also committed a serious crime and violated the law, apart from violating Maga's rights.
 
The decision to keep Maga detained comes timely when the issue of banning provincial buses, phasing out of jeepneys, and implementing route rationalization and fleet management are about to spark public outrage.
 
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Months before his arrest in February 2018,  Maga was one of the leading organizers of public utility drivers who conducted a series of transport strikes against the phasing out of jeepneys.
 
The Duterte government is afraid that by releasing Maga, drivers and commuters would have a young and vibrant organizer back to work. 
 
We in the labor movement will not stop fighting for Maoj Maga's release. He should not be punished for being a trade union organizer. 
 
The court should review its decision and let truth and justice prevail.
 
Free Maoj Maga! Free all political prisoners! 
The former president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU), who was unfairly imprisoned for defending the labor rights against the corporate greed in his country, will be this Saturday 12 August 2018  in the headquarters of the CTA-Autónoma in gratitude to the solidarity actions develop by the CTA along with SIGTUR network and unions from all around the globe for his freedom.
 
Han Sang-gyun was imprissioned for two years, five months of a five years sentence. “The fight for Han is an example of workers of all the world who fight against the big transnational corporate greed”, affirmed Fito Aguirre, Secretary of International Relations of CTA.
 
Han Sang-gyun was sentenced to an imprisonment of five years falsely accused of “leading a violent protest” of 130.000 persons against the corrupt government of Park Geun-hye in November 2015. That struggle of the KCTU -with which the CTA-Autónomoa is part of the Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR)- stimulated series of big protest know as the “candle vigil”, which gathered millions of people.
 
The 5 year sentence was for organizing and being part of  the massive protest in Seoul calling for an end to precarized work and respect of the right to organize, strike, collective bargaining and fair salaries.
 
130.000 people were repressed by the police with tear gases and water cannons, which the tribunal considered as legal actions. The sentence of Han was the most hard since 1987 against a trade union leader.
 
Since the creation of the KCTU in the decade of 90’s, Han and other members of the organization suffered harassment and criminalization because of their fight for better working conditions and working rights. During the 2015 were initiated lawsuits against 585 leaders of this central. “That attack to the human and labor rights is the response of the globalized capitalism -allied with the governments in charge- against who confront face to face the big transnational corporations, which search to increase their profits at the expense of the decent life of the workers, passing over the state sovereignty and the international right standards”, denounced Fito Aguirre.
 
The secretary of International Relationships remember that “the CTA-Autonomous take the decision of mobilize many times as necessary until get the freedom of Han. Since the beginning of 2016 and until June of the present year we mobilized repeatedly to the South Korea Embassy in Argentina, we sent letters to the president Moon and we held meetings with the consular authorities to take the request for the immediate liberation of Han, as well as the request of stop the social protest criminalization and persecution”.
 
The CTA leader celebrated that “the leader of the KCTU visits our CTA-Autónoma in thanks to the successfully campaign for his liberation which is part of the international principles of our central which round about three pillars: international supports to the Palestine cause; denounce of the economic block against Venezuela; and the freedom of Han Sang-gyun, Lee and of all the brothers and sisters of the KCTU”.
 
“The international solidarity has played a central role to confront the globalized capital”, finish Aguirre.
Sunday, 05 August 2018 22:49

Brutal Attack On Striking Workers

People Over Profit strongly condemns the brutal dispersal of around striking workers and their supporters, 30, July 2018 at the NutriAsia picket line in Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines.
 
According to news reports, forces from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the NutriAsia’s guards viciously attacked the striking workers and their support groups while they were holding an ecumenical mass. They started pushing and hitting the workers with shields and truncheons. Scores, including children, women and the elderly, were severely injured. 
 
Nineteen workers, their supporters, and journalists were arrested. Media personnel covering the incident were also threatened by the police and their equipment seized. The police and company security thugs planted fake witnesses and evidences such as firearms and drugs to implicate the workers and deflect responsibility for the violence. 
 
NutriAsia is one of the largest food condiment producers in the Philippines. 
 
It also exports its products to 28 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe, and North America. Since June 2, NutriAsia workers under Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng NutriAsia Inc. (NMAI) have established a picket line in front of the company’s factory in Bulacan. However, the workers have been long been fighting for regularization and the right to form a union. They were also fighting against the company’s illegal salary deductions, underpaid overtime work of 619 PHP (11.66 USD) for 12 hours, lack of health insurance, and other inhumane working conditions.
 
According to NutriAsia workers, they are paid only 380 PHP (7USD) for an 8-hour work day so they often had to work for 12-16 hours to make ends meet. Their wages are further reduced by deductions for company uniforms and protective gear. They also do not receive the legally-mandated 13th month pay. Out of more than 1400 workers, only 100 workers are regular. Most of their workers are outsourced from agencies.
 
This is not the first time that state and NutriAsia colluded to break the strike. Despite the previous Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on February 28, 2018 ordering NutriAsia to regularize over 900 of its employees, NutriAsia claimed that the workers were not their employees but workers of the B-Mirk Enterprises Corporation.
 
On June 14, the PNP and guards from NutriAsia violently dismantled the protesters’ picketline. The case was brought to the DOLE in region III where the previous decision was overturned, in favor of NutriAsia in June 29, 2018. 
 
POP calls for international support to NutriAsia’s worker’s strike and condemnation of the combined state and corporate violence inflicted on the workers. Below are some ways to show your support:
 
1.Support for the #NutriAsia workers’ strike against illegal termination and contractualization by signing on to our statement here.
 
2. Send letters of concern/protest to NutriAsia CEO Joselito Campos. Tell him to repay the trust of consumers and to follow the law by regularizing all NutriAsia workers and stopping all his company’s violent attacks against them: Email hello@nutriasia.com
 
3. Ask your organization, student council, school, union, employees association, or even your local city/town council to express support for NutriAsia workers’ just demands for regularization and for job security.
 
4. Contact the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment at +63025273000. Send a message message for Sec. Bello: “Secretary, please protect and help regularize all workers at NutriAsia.”
 
5. Share news by alternative media sites Altermidya - People's Alternative Media Network, Bulatlat, Pinoy Weekly, Telesur, Rappler, and ask your local newspapers to feature the issue
 
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Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:44

NutriAsia Take Action Following Sackings

A “Boycott NutriAsia” campaign has gained traction in social media, while contractual workers of the condiment giant maintain their picket line in Marilao despite a violent dispersal attempt on June 14. Four workers were arrested and dozens more were injured as local police claimed to be implementing a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by a Bulacan court against the picket protest.
 
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NutriAsia’s contractual workers set up their picket line on June 2, after management fired around 50 workers, including union leaders, and refused to implement a February 23 DOLE ruling which ordered the company to regularize 80 workers who were employed through an illegal LOC scheme. Workers also complained of unauthorized salary deductions and unsafe working conditions, reporting that NutriAsia failed to comply with laws governing occupational safety and health (OSH) standards.
 
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