With Determination (and Some Noise), Union Defeats Giant Firm’s Zero-Wage Hike Policy

On May 21, all NXP Cabuyao workers (in four batches based on their work schedule), went to their canteen and conducted a series of 10-minute noise barrages, tapping relentlessly on their glasses and trays and other items that could create noise.

It prompted NXP’s Asia Director Ad Boon to fly in to talk with the union and their federation, the National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno. In the end, he promised the union of the protesting workers that NXP would implement the wage increases stipulated in the agreement retroactive from January 2009, but not as the workers’ actual lost wage increases but only as a lump sum amount agreed by both parties based on the stipulated increases.

So now, NXP workers in Cabuyao are hoping that they would start receiving their wage increase in July, as promised, along with a lump-sum back pay covering January to June.

But it doesn’t mean the workers can be complacent, said Tony Pascual, secretary-general of National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno. Though the union and NXP have come into an agreement, the workers are still preparing to stage more protest actions if necessary. (Bulatlat.com)

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