Workers of Philippine Dong Yun Plate Making Corporation Workers went on strike this Monday in protest of the union busting moves of the management including the non-recognition of their union, refusal to enter into a collective bargaining agreement and illegal dismissal of twenty two union leaders and members.
“The Philippine Constitution guarantees the right to unionize, collective bargaining and strike. All these legitimate rights of our fellow Filipino workers are being grossly violated by PH Dong Yun –a large Chinese corporation that amass huge profits right here in our very own country,” KMU National Chair, Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog said.
The Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Manggagawa sa Phil Dong Yun (SUMAPHI-DY-NAFLU-KMU) have been certified as the Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) after it won the Certification Election (CE) last September 2015. The Phil Dong Yun management, however, refused to recognize the union and their workers’ rights to collective bargaining. Instead, a series of illegal dismissal cases were slapped against union leaders; threats and harassments against union members.
“In a desperate attempt to break the union’s strength, the Phil Dong Yun management further trampled on labor rights by illegally dismissing 22 union officers of the SUMAPHI-DY-NAFLU-KMU,” said Ka Bong.
Phil Dong Yun workers decided to form their union due the company’s gross violations of their rights and welfare. For decades, they have suffered below subsistence wages of P180-336; forced overtime; declined loans and hospital services due to non-remittance of SSS and Philhealth contributions; non-approval of sick leaves despite validated medical certificates.
Also, they were enclosed in an air-conditioned factory fuming with cancerous chemicals with just a regular face mask (per worker good for a week) as a safety gear. No company clinic. When accidents and serious injuries occur, they were immediately terminated with zero medical assistance nor first aid.
The labor leader, meanwhile, called on fellow workers and the Filipino people to support the Phil Dong Yun workers’ strike.
“Their fight is all workers’ and Filipino people’s fight. We must stop these foreign firms from getting away with labor and human rights violations to boost their profits from the seemingly endless cycle of worsening hunger, poverty and exploitation of Filipino workers,” Ka Bong concluded.
Phil Dong Yun Plate Making Corporation is a Chinese firm inside the Filinvest Technological Park in Calamba, Laguna that manufactures and supply print cylinders to all rotogravure printing industry in the Philippines. Their customers prints flexible product packaging for almost all of the consumer products in the Philippines including Del Monte, URC products, Unilever, shampoo, toothpaste, major cigarette companies and many more.
REFERENCE: Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, KMU National Chairperson, 09081636597