Thursday, January 18, 2018

Advisory: DOLE to hold mediation tom at Cavite picketline

Media Advisory
January 18, 2018
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Mercy Tanginan (union pres) @ 09300767018

DOLE to hold mediation tom at Cavite picketline
 
WHAT: DOLE to hold mediation between striking women workers and electronics firm Lakepower Converter Inc. in bid to resolve bitter dispute

WHEN: January 19 (Friday), 2:00 pm

WHERE: Lakepower factory, Lot 3, Block 13, Phase 1, Cavite Economic Zone, Rosario, Cavite

DETAILS:
In a mediation meeting at the DOLE national office yesterday, management stuck to its position of punishing the striking workers. The Labor Undersecretary moved that the case be submitted to the Labor Secretary for decision even as another mediation was scheduled tomorrow at the picketline. 
Women workers of electronics firm Lakepower in Cavite ecozone have been on strike for more than a month now. The workers are demanding a stop to the termination and suspension of union officers and members. The protracted labor dispute is a litmus test of the right to unionize for workers in the export processing zones. ###

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Advisory: Striking Cavite women workers to protest today at DOLE main office and call for Labor Secretary intervention

Media Advisory
January 17, 2017
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Mercy Tanginan (union pres) @ 09300767018

Striking Cavite women workers to protest today at DOLE main office and call for Labor Secretary intervention
WHAT: Labor Secretary asked to intervene as mediation scheduled between striking women workers and electronics firm Lakepower Converter Inc.

WHEN: January 17 (Wednesday), 9:00 am

WHERE: DOLE National office, Intramuros, Manila

DETAILS:
Women workers of electronics firm Lakepower in Cavite ecozone have been on strike for more than a month now. They are calling on the office of the Labor Secretary to intervene to resolve the protracted dispute. The workers are calling for a stop to the termination and suspension of union officers and members. The protracted labor dispute is a litmus test of the right to unionize for workers in the export processing zones. ###

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Advisory: Striking Cavite women workers to hold protest today

Media Advisory
January 10, 2017
Partido Manggagawa
Contacy Dennis Sequena @ 09301803072

Striking Cavite women workers to hold protest today
WHAT: Workers and supporters will hold a protest while mediation is ongoing between the union and management of the strike-bound electronics firm Lakepower Converter Inc. 

WHEN: Today, January 10 (Friday), 10:00 am

WHERE: NCMB Imus @ MYP GBY Building, Bayan Luma 7, Aguinaldo Highway, Cavite

DETAILS:
Some 50 striking workers and their supporters will hold protest today while mediation is ongoing. Women workers of electronics firm Lakepower in Cavite ecozone have been on strike for more than a month now. They are calling on the office of the Labor Secretary to intervene to resolve the dispute. The workers are calling for a stop to the termination and suspension of union officers and members.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Advisory: Striking Cavite women workers to hold protest today



Media Advisory
January 5, 2017
Partido Manggagawa
Contacy Dennis Sequena @ 09301803072

Striking Cavite women workers to hold protest and call for Labor Secretary intervention
 
WHAT: Workers and supporters will ask for the intervention of the Labor Secretary and hold a protest while mediation is ongoing between the union and management of the electronics firm Lakepower Converter Inc. 

WHEN: Today, January 5 (Friday), 10:00 am

WHERE: NCMB Imus @ MYP GBY Building, Bayan Luma 7, Aguinaldo Highway, Cavite

DETAILS:
Some 50 striking workers and their supporters will hold protest today while mediation is ongoing. Women workers of electronics firm Lakepower in Cavite ecozone have been on strike for 29 days now. They are calling on the office of the Labor Secretary to intervene to resolve the dispute. The workers are calling for a stop to the termination and suspension of union officers and members. ###

Saturday, December 30, 2017

FOA issue at electronics supplier Lakepower Converter


Women workers of the electronics company Lakepower Converter Inc. at the Cavite export zone have been on strike since December 7 and were repeatedly harassed by company and ecozone guards.

Company guards, export zone security guards and other men wearing ski masks but clad in ecozone police uniforms repeatedly tore down placards and makeshift tents at the picketline. The men arrived in motorcycles and bearing side arms. Two women workers—Maricar Orque and Magdalena Peña—were hurt in the commotion that followed the forcible dismantling of the picketline.

An ecozone firetruck along with security guards went to the picketline area. They also set up barricades at two points leading to the factory and refused entry to workers going to the picketline. All these are violations of the official “Guidelines on the Conduct of Police and Security Personnel During Labor Disputes.”

The strike commenced after management refused worker’s demands that the termination and suspension of union officers and members be stopped.

Unrest has festered at Lakepower for the last few months. Among workers grievances is the removal of the door of the women’s restroom so that the company can spy on workers. Almost all of the 200 workers in the factory are women. They are also outraged at the unreasonable limits on the use of the restroom which has led to numerous cases of workers suffering from urinary tract infection. Workers are also complaining of excessive quota and the exclusion of unionists from receiving Christmas packages.

Workers formed a union around June this year in a bid to resolve various workplace grievances such as verbal harassment, health and safety, and excessive quota. In response, management interrogated workers individually regarding their union activity. Union leaders were given new work assignments and overtime work was denied unionists and instead given to contractual employees. Three line leaders were forced to resign since they were suspected union supporters.

The union filed a case for union busting and unfair labor practice. In the mediation proceedings convened by the Labor Department, management promised to respect freedom of association and acceded to union demands that the company post a memo that it will not interfere in the right to unionize and prohibit management personnel from talking to workers about union activities.

However, management interference did not stop but merely changed its form. A company union was formed at the instigation of management. The company union intervened in the union’s petition for certification as sole and exclusive bargaining agent. As a result, the petition was dismissed but a certification election was ordered Labor Department.

This October, a certification election was finally held and the real union garnered more votes than the company union. This was despite management interference in the elections such as granting “cash productivity bonuses” to favored workers which was effectively vote buying for the company union.

After elections, management continued its discriminatory behavior against unionists. Unionists were served disciplinary charges on flimsy grounds such as allegedly taking too much time in the restroom while members of the company union were left untouched.

With the looming declaration of the real union as the certified bargaining agent for the workers, the company then terminated the union president and five other union officers and members on the basis of flimsy reasons. Afterwards management also suspended scores of other union officers and members for alleged infractions going back months ago. These discriminatory acts precipitated the December 7 strike.

Lakepower is 100% Taiwanese owned according to the records of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and exports all of its production to Coil Technology Corporation (CTC) that is based in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.


Lakepower and CTC are suppliers to Texas Instruments, Arrow Electronics, Recom Power and A.M. Components. Striking women workers are calling on these companies to enforce their commitment to respect the right to unionize and freedom from discrimination all along their supply chain.

December 30, 2017