By MARYA SALAMAT
MANILA — Broadcasting giant ABS-CBN has fired more workers from its so-called “Internal Job Market,” leaders of the workers’ union said Thursday. The number of dismissed workers of ABS-CBN IJM now total 32, up from the 25 since the last firing.
The union held another picket this afternoon in front of ABS-CBN headquarters. According to the picketing workers, they are protesting the continuing dismissal of employees active in forming a union. According to Alain Cadag, vice-president of union of ABS-CBN IJM employees, more workers are denied access to the company’s compound although they have not been dismissed.
The new dismissals are viewed as the ABS-CBN’s “penalty” for employees who continue to support the picket-protest of dismissed fellow unionists. It also came in the wake of the employees’ refusal to sign an agreement with the Lopez-owned company’s offer of contractualization. ABS-CBN does not recognize the union.
This offer, said Cadag, replaces the previous “bogus regularization” which was spurned by members of the nascent union and which led to the first two waves of dismissals in the past two weeks.
The new offer of “long-term contractualization” still denies the employees regular status. (Photos courtesy of ABS-CBN IJM Workers Union /Bulatlat.com)