The arrested workers are currently detained in the Calamba City Jail. As of press time, there are yet no details on the cases filed against them.
“[Article 280 of the] Labor Code clearly states that we should be regular employees from Day 1 because the work we’re doing is necessary and desirable to Monde Nissin.”
“We are very hopeful that the workers’ fight will someday lead to victory as we unite with other sectors. This night of gathering and sharing our struggle proves that the state of workers in the country is not improving. Through this event, we find support in each other struggles.”
Apart from the “endo,” Brosas also lamented various issues affecting women, such as gender-based violence and economic issues such as the lifting of tariffs on imported rice and the water supply crisis.
“Workers can only rely on unity.”
Contrary to how the Pepmaco brands itself as leading surfactant manufacturing with innovative and advance technology, respiratory masks barely protect the workers.
The Congress-approved Senate version does not prohibit fixed-term and multi-layered contracting as demanded by workers. Its provision on penalties and fines on employers and agencies engaged in illegal labor-only contracting is weak.
The labor groups such as the TUCP and the KMU, FFW and other groups that arose from differences in the labor movement are uniting on issues like fighting contractualization and voting for senatoriables who support it.
The group said that while existing Philippine laws recognize their vital role in providing health services to those in need, their present situation is quite the opposite.
To sustain their fight for regularization and other union rights, Sumifru workers make handmade keychains and tumblers.
Unionists have defended their protest camp from at least four instances of forced demolition while in Manila.