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Advisory: Another mediation to resolve closure of biggest Cavite EPZA garments firm

October 27, 2016
Contact: Dennis Sequena @ 09301803072

Workers up picketline at Cavite EPZA firm as DOLE mediates closure dispute
WHAT: Workers of the biggest garments factory in Cavite EPZA setup a picketline even as DOLE convenes another mediation meeting re closure dispute
WHEN: Today, October 27, 2016, Thursday, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: NCMB Imus @ MYP GBY Building, Bayan Luma 7, Aguinaldo Highway, Cavite
DETAILS:  Some 1,000 workers of the garments factory Faremo International Inc. at Cavite EPZA in Rosario were laidoff yesterday. Today workers are setting up a picketline even as the DOLE calls another mediation meeting today to resolve the dispute surrounding the closure of the biggest garments factory at Cavite EPZA.
The union is alleging union busting as Faremo International Inc. declared a permanent shutdown.
In the mediation meeting last Monday, the DOLE mediator is proposing that Faremo consider temporary shutdown instead of permanent closure.
The union is alleging that the closure is illegal since it is meant to bust the union and destroy the CBA. Early this month, management filed for temporary closure and the union proposed work rotation to preserve jobs and prevents layoffs. Management ignored the proposal and responded with the permanent closure.
Faremo is owned by the Korean textile multinational Hansoll and supplies to global brands such as Gap, JCPenney and Kohl's.
A union was formed by workers at Faremo last year in a bid to redress grievances such a low pay, verbal abuse and lack of benefits. A collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was concluded just last May.

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