Workers and progressives held a series of protest actions today to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bonifacio, known in Philippine history as the “Great Plebian” for his humble beginnings from the working class and later led the armed revolution when he founded Katipunan.
“Although they are different companies with different forms of struggle, the fact remains that both [NutriAsia and Pepmaco] have committed grave transgressions against their workers.”
In an increasingly impersonal world dominated by capital and profit margins, strikes shatter that illusion and remind us of the fundamental relations between people and things. Strikes are the tears shed at the sound of workers gaining their rights. They are the words “Lumalaban pa rin” said with the purest conviction, by workers who live, breathe, and have families to feed.
“For as long as the Duterte regime looks down on the working class and puts foreign and capitalist interests first, these crises will not stop.”
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.
Contrary to how the Pepmaco brands itself as leading surfactant manufacturing with innovative and advance technology, respiratory masks barely protect the workers.
“What they demand is just and proper. But it seemed like the government forgets that enough wages, proper benefits and the right to form a union are our constitutional and labor rights.”
“No amount of chemicals or goons can ever curtail the striking workers’ fight for their rights.”
“They drove us out with force. They even used water canons.”
“The picket lines were destroyed, along with our food stash.”