Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Iloilo truck drivers on strike


Iloilo City – After failing to settle through mediation the dispute between the Iloilo ARR Enterprises Labor Organization (IARRELO) and the management of ARR Trucking, the former decided to hold a union strike lamenting union busting and unfair labor practice.  This after what started to be a peaceful labor union formation by drivers of ARR Enterprises and their subsequent submission of a proposal for Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to the ARR management was met with harsh consequences.

            While the CBA negotiations were proceeding, ARR management dismissed the Union President, Mr. Elmer Blancaflor and the Union Secretary,Mr. Wilson Amatac, on a flimsy claim of redundancy by transferring their respective truck units to another province of operation of ARR.

            This prompted the filing of an Illegal Dismissal case, Unfair Labor Practice and Union busting against ARR management with the NLRC and a Notice of Strike at the NCMB.

            “Indi nagid ni ya ensakto ang ubra ka management. Nagpungko pa kami para maistoryahan ang amon CBA, tapos gulpi lang wala na kami ya unit kag hambalon nga redundant na kami sang akon Sekretaryo”, lamented Elmer Blancaflor, IARRELO President.

            Blancaflor was optimistic that their proposed CBA will be granted by the management since every negotiation between them and the ARR management, the atmosphere is cordial and all are amenable to the suggestion of each other.

            “Nakibot lang kami nga pitik sintas, wad-an kami ya ubra.  Nga kabalu gid sila nga union officers kami kag gapungko pa sa negotiating panel sang Unyon sa CBA negotiation,” said Union Secretary Wilson Amatac.

            With the seven (7) days cooling off period expiring without a clear settlement after NCMB personnel mediated between the parties, IARRELO is now set to put up the strike.

            “Ang katapusan namon nga alatrasan, strike na gid lang. Indi man tani namon ini luyag himuon apang kun amo ini ang pamaagi nga mapalab-ot namon sa mga natungdan ang amon problema, pasensya sa maapektuhan. Indi kami magpasugot, bilang mamumugon, nga basta lang lapakon ang amon kinamatarung kag pagkatawo”, declared Blancaflor.

           The Partido Manggagawa (PM), which has been assisting IARRELO, declared its full support to the decision of the Union to stage a strike.


            “Kun kinahanglan sang mamumugon nga manindugan kag maghulag para pamatukan ang mga kalakaran sa sulod sang ulubrahan nga nagapakanubo sang ila pagkatawo kag nagalapas sang ila kinamatarung bilang mamumugon, ang PM handa, sa ano man nga pamaagi, para suportahan ini”, concluded Mario Andon of Partido Manggagawa (PM).  

August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mga riders pumalag sa panukalang bigger license plate sa mga motorsiklo


Daan-daang motorcycle riders mula sa Bulacan, at ibat-ibang asosasyon sa Metro Manila ang nagmotorcade patungong Senado ngayong umaga para iprotesta ang pagkakapasa ng Senate Bill No. 1397 o ang Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act na inakda ni Senator Richard Gordon.  Ito raw ay para masawata ang laganap na ‘riding in tandem’ crime.
 
Tinawag nila ang kilos-protesta na “Tindig Rider Laban sa Double Big License Plate”.  Magsasagawa umano sila ng susunod pang mga aksyon sa darating na mga araw.
 
Nakakabit sa motorsiklo ng mga nagpoportestang mga rider ang mga plakard na hugis oversized plates ang kanilang mga saloobin kaugnay ng panukala.  

Kalakhan umano ng mga rider ay mga manggagawa na gamit ang motorsiklo hindi sa krimen kundi sa lehitimong paghahanapbuhay sa pormal at impormal na sektor.  Gamit din aniya ito ng kanilang mga pamilya para sa mabilis at ekonomikong moda ng transportasyon.
 
Ang panukala, kapag naging ganap na batas, ay nag-uutos sa LTO at sa mga may-ari ng motorsiklo at scooter na palitan ang kasalukuyang plaka ng over-sized license plate na mababasa sa distansyang 12 at 15 metro.
 
Ayon kay Robert Perillo, Pangulo ng Bulacan Motorcyle Rider Confederation (BMRF), may halong diskriminasyon ang panukala ni Gordon dahil lahat ng rider ay pinagdududahang kriminal o kaya ay maaring maging kriminal sa simpleng dahilan na motorsiklo ang gamit nilang sasakyan.
 
Paglilinaw pa ni Perillo, ang mga riders ay laban din sa mga kriminal na salot sa lansangan at sa buhay ng mamamayan, pero hindi aniya tama na ang criminal activities ng iilan ay maging pabigat sa mas nakararami. Mas makabubuti aniya na katulungin ng pulisya at LGUs ang organisadong hanay ng mga riders laban sa krimen kaysa gawin silang palagiang suspek sa bawat krimeng nagaganap sa kani-kanilang mga lugar.
 
Naniniwala ang grupo na hindi solusyon ang malalaking plaka sa pagsugpo sa street killings dahil ang kriminal umano ay madaling mag-adap sa bagong sitwasyon lalo na kung alam nila na madali nila itong malulusutan.
 
Magiging pabigat din umano ang gastusin sa mga bagong plaka na ito dahil ang malaking plaka ay mas mahal, bukod pa sa mahal na mga penalties sa violations sa ilalim ng panukala na lahat ay kakarguhin ng mga rider.
 
Humihilling din ang grupo ng mga riders ng pakikipag-usap sa mga kinauukulan upang maipaliwanag nila ang kanilang panig kaugnay ng panukala.
 
Naipasa umano sa third at final reading ang panukalang ito sa senado na wala silang kamuwang-muwang, hindi nakonsulta, at hindi man lang nahingan ng kanilang pananaw.

Motorcycle Rights Organization
2 August 2017

Lakepower reneges on promise to respect freedom of association, promotes a “company union” to compete with the independent union


Despite an agreement conciliated by the Labor Department last July 27 in which Lakepower Converter Inc. promised to respect freedom of association, management has continued to interfere in their workers’ right to unionize. While before, management was intimidating workers not to join or support the independent union, now Lakepower is promoting the formation of a company union.

Union officers learned just after the conciliation meeting on July 27 that managers, supervisors and line leaders started signing up workers for a new union on the very day of the agreement.

The next day, the union president talked to the human resources manager to resolve this new case of interference in the freedom of association. The HR manager denied any knowledge and no action was taken. Thus managers, supervisors and line leaders continued talking to workers and getting signatures of support for the company union for the succeeding days.

On July 31, in a meeting called by the Labor Department to deliberate on the petition of the independent union to be certified as the collective bargaining representative of workers, Lakepower motioned through its lawyer that the petition cannot be granted since another union has been formed.

No representative of the alleged union however appeared in the meeting. It was only Lakepower’s lawyer who spoke on behalf of what is obviously a company union. The lawyer even knew that the union was a local of a federation called "NWB" or commonly known as "Brotherhood.” The lawyer also stated that NWB had filed a union registration and a petition for certification elections last July 28. Such detailed knowledge reveals management’s hand in the formation of the company union in connivance with the NWB.

The independent union countered the motion of Lakepower’s lawyer on the ground that management is only a bystander in the proceedings and is only called upon to submit the list of employees for purposes of ascertaining the majority status of the independent union. Lakepower however did not submit the required list of employees thus leading to further delay in the proceedings.

Lakepower's lawyer motioned for the Labor Department to summon the NWB to the rescheduled hearing on August 4. The independent union opposed this once more as Lakepower is a mere bystander who cannot intervene in the proceedings. Again this only exposes the true character of the company union promoted by Lakepower management as a maneuver to subvert freedom of association.

The facts cited above transpired in the proceedings of the conference called by Labor Department last July 31 and the minutes of the meeting reflect the pertinent details.

The formation of a company union, meaning a workers organization that is dominated by the employer, is a prohibited act under Section 2 of the ILO Convention 98 on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining.

The independent union of workers at Lakepower demands that management to stop acts constituting interference in the workers right to organize and desist from promoting the formation of a company union. Specifically, managers, supervisors and line leaders must immediately cease from signing up workers for a company union.

The independent union is calling upon the big electronics companies that source from Lakepower to uphold their supplier codes of conduct and remediate the freedom of association violations in order to safeguard workers’ rights. ###

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lakepower management and union settle dispute with an agreement to respect freedom of association


The labor dispute at an electronics factory located in the Cavite economic zone was settled yesterday with an agreement between management and the union to respect freedom of association. The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) called the management and union of Lakepower Converter Inc. to a meeting in a bid to resolve the complaint of union busting and unfair labor practice.

Management agreed to a set of demands by the union. First, that the company will issue a memo to be posted on bulletin boards in the factory spelling out its respect for freedom of association and prohibiting management personnel from interfering in the workers’ right to unionize as provided for in the law.

Second, that management wil not send any employees to protest the pending petition for certification of the Lakepower workers union as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent.

Third, the recall of roving armed guards in the production area.

And finally, the implementation of a previous agreement during another mediation meeting last July 7. In that agreement, management committed to resolve a list of 14 workplace grievances raised by the union including the women’s restroom doors that were kept open and airconditioners in the production area that remained closed.

In return, Lakepower management asked that the post in the Partido Manggagawa blog regarding the dispute be removed. The union agreed to the proposal and thus yesterday night the post was duly removed in compliance with the agreement.

Likewise the union withdrew the complaint for union busting and unfair labor practice in recognition of the settlement reached.

The minutes of the mediation conference formally spell out the terms of the agreeement cited above and was duly digned by representatives of Lakepower management and the union in the presence of officials of the NCMB.

Partido Manggagawa salutes the Lakepower workers, almost all of whom are women, in their steadfast fight for workers rights and considers the agreement as a victory for the union. PM is committed to assist in the protection of the rights of Lakepower workers and will monitor the compliance of the company to the terms of the agreement.

Lakepower is a Taiwanese-owned factory that makes electronic transformers for computers, appliances and even airplanes, and is a supplier to big electronics firms.

July 28, 2017



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Workers back in Congress today as SONA ended without endo

MEDIA ADVISORY
NAGKAISA Labor Coalition
26 July 2017
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Workers back in Congress today as SONA ended without endo

Nagkaisa will hold a picket rally at the South gate of Batasan Complex this morning, 11:00 am, to press for the enactment of anti-endo bills. Workers were dismayed with Pres. DU30's SONA which ended without any mention of endo measures. Nagkaisa leaders will also attend a House hearing on the Security of Tenure bill at 1:00 pm.

Thank you very much.
NAGKAISA Comm. Group