|Protest march around the Cavite export zone|
Militants to rally while DOLE mediates dispute in Cavite EPZA factory
WHAT: Members of PM and PALEA to hold solidarity rally during mediation meeting called by DOLE between union and management of strikebound factory
WHEN: Today, April 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: NCMB Imus @ MYP GBY Building, Bayan Luma 7, Aguinaldo Highway
DETAILS: The Department of Labor and Employment is convening a mediation meeting today between the union and management of strikebound factory of Seung Yeun Technology Industries Corp. (SYTIC). To coincide with the meeting, more than a 100 members members of Partido Manggagawa and the union Philippine Airlines Employees Association will hold a solidarity rally to express support for the striking workers.
Last night the SYTIC strikers and workers from other EPZA factories held a protest march around the country's biggest export zone.
The SYTIC workers are now on their fifth day on strike. They are demanding the reinstatement of 21 workers illegally fired for union activities and the redress of labor standards violations.
The workers formed a union in an effort to address workplace problems including violations of labor standards. Among the most egregious violations are that part of their wages are not paid in cash but in the form of meals, illegal deductions, non-payment of overtime due to an illegal compressed workweek schedule and the lack of a company nurse, doctor and hospital bed.
SYTIC is a Korean-owned plastics company that is part of the electronics industry supply chain. SYTIC’s main customers are local subsidiaries of big US multinationals like ON Semiconductor, Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, Maxim Integrated and Cypress.