Monday, June 18, 2018

Workers march to condemn dispersal of NutriAsia picketline, call for boycott




Some 200 workers marched this afternoon in Marilao to the strikebound condiments factory NutriAsia. Members of the Bulacan chapter of Partido Manggagawa (PM), Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino, the Bulacan Motorcycle Riders Confederation and a newly established labor group, Kapatiran ng mga Unyon at Samahang Manggagawa, condemned the violent dispersal of the picketline of striking workers last week. Scores of strikers were arrested and several more were wounded as police enforced a court order against the picketline.

The PM-Bulacan and Kapatiran members assembled at the corner of Pantoc and Lambakin in Marilao at 1:00 pm before proceeding to the NutriAsia factory. Members of PM-Bulacan are among the NutriAsia strikers.

“The dispersal of the NutriAsia picketline exposes the double standard of the so-called justice system and also of the present administration. A court order to allow free ingress and egress at the factory is forcibly enforced while a DOLE order to regularize workers remains unimplemented. We have an administration that promised to end endo yet police violence is inflicted upon workers fighting against contractualization,” averred Gerry Rivera, head of the Kapatiran.

The group is calling on the public to boycott products made at the factory until the workers’ demands for regularization is met. NutriAsia manufactures Datu Puti, Silver Swan, UFC Ketchup and Mang Tomas among others.

Kapatiran was formed by several unions and workers associations as a “solidarity space” for unaffiliated and federated organizations. It aims to complement ongoing labor unity efforts even as it plans to campaign for urgent labor reforms.

“We call on the police to observe the DOLE-PEZA-PNP Guidelines on the Conduct of Security Personnel During Labor Disputes. Police are not allowed to escort scabs into a strikebound factory and they should maintain a 50 meter distance from the picketline,” argued Ver Estorosas, chair of the PM-Bulacan.

Rivera called on the labor movement to close ranks in solidarity with the workers of NutriAsia and other labor struggles. He recalled that another workers strike in the Cavite export processing zone in Rosario was also harassed by security guards.

“Solidarity among workers is necessary to defend the right to peaceful concerted actions, including strike and advance the campaign against endo,” argued Rivera. Rivera is also union president of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) which has waged a bitter struggle against contractualization at the national flag carrier. PALEA and Kapatiran are calling on the DOLE to expedite the release of the results of a labor inspection of PAL and its sister company PAL Express.


Partido Manggagawa-Bulacan

June 18, 2018


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Media Advisory: Workers march today to condemn violent dispersal at NutriAsia

Media Advisory
June 18, 2018
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Ver Estorosas @ 09339680449

Workers march to condemn violent dispersal at NutriAsia 

WHAT: March of some 200 workers in solidarity with strike at NutriAsia

WHEN: Today, June 18 (Monday), 1:00 pm

WHERE: Assembly at corner of Pantoc and Lambakin at Marilao, Bulacan then march to NutriAsia factory 

DETAILS:
The Bulacan chapter of Partido Manggagawa (PM) and a newly established labor group, the Kapatiran ng mga Unyon at Samahang Manggagawa, will march this afternoon to condemn the violent dispersal of the picketline of striking workers of condiments giant NutriAsia. Members of PM-Bulacan are among the NutriAsia strikers.

The groups are also calling for a boycott products made at the factory until the workers’ demands for regularization and union recognition are met. NutriAsia manufactures Datu Puti, Silver Swan, UFC Ketchup and Mang Tomas among others. 

“The dispersal of the NutriAsia picketline exposes the double standard of the so-called justice system and also of the present administration. A court order to allow free ingress and egress at the factory is forcibly enforced while a DOLE order to regularize workers remains unimplemented. We have an administration that promised to end endo yet police violence is inflicted upon workers fighting against contractualization,” averred Gerry Rivera, head of Kapatiran. ###

Friday, June 15, 2018

Labor group condemns dispersal of NutriAsia picketline, calls for boycott



A newly established labor group, the Kapatiran ng mga Unyon at Samahang Manggagawa, condemned the violent dispersal of the picketline of striking workers of condiments giant NutriAsia. Yesterday some 200 police arrested scores of strikers and wounded several more as they enforced a court order against the picketline.

“The dispersal of the NutriAsia picketline exposes the double standard of the so-called justice system and also of the present administration. A court order to allow free ingress and egress at the factory is forcibly enforced while a DOLE order to regularize workers remains unimplemented. We have an administration that promised to end endo yet police violence is inflicted upon workers fighting against contractualization,” averred Gerry Rivera, head of the Kapatiran.

The group is calling on the public to boycott products made at the factory until the workers’ demands for regularization is met. NutriAsia manufactures Datu Puti, Silver Swan, UFC Ketchup and Mang Tomas among others.

Kapatiran was formed by several unions and workers associations as a “solidarity space” for unaffiliated and federated organizations. It aims to complement ongoing labor unity efforts even as it plans to campaign for urgent labor reforms.

“We call on the police to observe the DOLE-PEZA-PNP Guidelines on the Conduct of Security Personnel During Labor Disputes. Police are not allowed to escort scabs into a strikebound factory and they should maintain a 50 meter distance from the picketline,” argued Ver Estorosas, chair of the Bulacan chapter of Partido Manggagawa (PM).

Estorosas also warned the administration against a bloody confrontation in the Kadamay occupation of NHA housing units in Rodriguez, Rizal. Yesterday President Duterte issued an ultimatum for the urban poor to leave the NHA site by noon today or be killed as they are evicted. He asked “Why is it that under this administration the poor and workers are killed in the war on drugs and hurt in violent dispersals of strikes and occupations?”

PM-Bulacan and Kapatiran are supporting the strike of contractual workers of NutriAsia. Several PM-Bulacan members are among the strikers in the factory.

Rivera called on the labor movement to close ranks in solidarity with the workers of NutriAsia and other labor struggles. He recalled that another workers strike in the Cavite export processing zone in Rosario was also harassed by security guards.

“Solidarity among workers is necessary to defend the right to peaceful concerted actions, including strike,” argued Rivera. Rivera is also union president of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) which has waged a bitter struggle against contractualization at the national flag carrier. PALEA and Kapatiran are calling on the DOLE to expedite the release of the results of a labor inspection of PAL and its sister company PAL Express. 

Kapatiran



June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018

P1,300 daily, P39K monthly needed to live decently—labor group study



A cost of living survey by the labor group Partido Manggagawa (PM) found that a family of five in the National Capital Region needs P1,300 daily or P39,000 monthly to live decently as of May 2018.

PM’s cost of living estimate is in stark contrast to the “hypothetical scenario” of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) of a P10,000 monthly budget for a family of five.

“NEDA’s assessment is utterly erroneous. Just to cite one flaw. NEDA alleges that P959 out of the P10,000 is allotted for rice. Such a budget can only buy 30 kilos of P32 NFA rice—which is hard to find in the market—for one month or 1 kilo per day to be shared by 5 people. This translates to just one cup (200g) per person per day or around 250 calories, far below the recommended daily calorie intake of 1,500-2,000. P10,000 means malnourished and stunted workers and children,” explained Rene Magtubo, PM national chair.

In PM’s own study, P3,150 monthly are needed to buy daily 2.5 kilos of the cheapest commercial rice at P42. Of the P39,000 monthly budget, 44% is earmarked for food and 56% for non-food items. Utilities like electricity, water and cooking gas make up 8%, house rent 15%, transportation expenses 11% and education needs 13% of the total budget.

“Our cost of living study is in fact an underestimation as it does not provide for leisure and recreation, savings or social security which should comprise 10% as a standard or for a house help which is a necessity if the government insists that both parents must work to sustain the family,” Magtubo averred.

PM is calling for a substantial wage hike and national minimum wage as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte. The group is supporting pending bills calling for a national minimum wage of P750 to P800.

Magtubo insisted that “The focus now is on worsening inflation that has eroded workers nominal wages. But hardly noticed is growing inequality due to the stagnation of real wages while productivity is booming. From 2001 to 2016, labor productivity grew by at least 50 percent, yet the real wages did not grow at all. Workers have been denied their fair share in the fruits of production.” 





Cost of Living Estimate
for a family of 5 living in NCR (May 2018)


Items

Volume/Cost
Daily
Cost
Monthly
Cost
%
share
Food & Beverages


17,446.50
44.33
rice
2.5kg/day x P42 (sinandomeng)
105
3,150

ulam & gulay
3 servings (P82/pax/day x 5 pax)
410
12,300

seasoning
2kg onion (P97/kilo),
1kg garlic (P110/kilo)
10.13
304

fruits
4kg  x P60 (banana)
8
240

cooking oil
2 liters x P106
7.07
212

sugar
2kg x P56.25
3.75
112.5

soy sauce
1 liter P42
1.40
42

vinegar
1 liter P34.50
1.15
34.50

fish sauce
1 liter P53
1.77
53

coffee
2 (100g) x P76.25
5.08
152.50

milk
3 (900g) x P282
28.20
846

Utilities


3,358
8.53
electricity
200kwh (P10.90/kwh)
72.67
2,180

water
20cu.m. (P23.95/cu.m)
15.97
479

LPG
1 cylinder
23.30
699

House rental


6,000
15.25

1 month rent
200
6,000

Toiletries


1,027.05
2.61
soap
6 bars (135g) x P40.50
8.10
243

shampoo
2 (180ml ) x P101.90
6.79
203.80

sanitary napkins
3 (packs of 8) x P42.75
4.28
128.25

toothpaste
2 (150ml) x P77.50
5.17
155

laundry soap
24 (70g pack) x P5.50
4.40
132

deodorant
2 (40ml) x P82.50
         5.50
165

Education


5,170.83
13.14
miscellaneous fees
3 pax x P750 = P2250/schoolyear
6.25
187.50

school allowance
100 x 2 pax & 50 x 1 pax/day x 22 days x 10 months = P55,000/yr

152.78

4583.33

theatre tickets
1 ticket x P200/grading x 4 periods x 3 pax/schoolyear = P2,400
6.67
200


school projects
2 subjects x P100
/grading x 4 periods x 3 pax = P2,400/schoolyear

6.67

200

Health


450
1.14
ascorbic acid
5 (1 tablet ascorbic acid generic) X P3
15
              450

Communications


1,500
3.81
phone or cellphone
at least P25/day load x 2
50
1,500

Transpo expenses


4,400
11.18
fare to and from work
2 pax x P100/day x 22days
146.67
4,400

Total

P1,311.77
P39,352.38


NOTES:

1.     Family is composed of a couple with 3 children. Children are all in public schools (2 HS level and 1 elementary), school supplies, work books expenses, internet use for research are not yet included
2.     Basket does not include bill for a house-help
3.     Utilities such as electricity and water vary from time to time depending on consumption
4.     No item for leisure/recreation
5.     Health budget does not include medical expenses
6.     No budget allotted for savings.  NWPC basket provides 10% of the total

June 7, 2018