November 15, 2017
Contacy Dennis Sequena @ 09301803072
To spy on workers, CR door removed:
Women to protest vs. company abuses
WHAT: Protest by women workers of Cavite electronics firm
WHEN: Tomorrow, November 16, 8:00 am
WHERE: Cavite Economic Zone, Rosario, Cavite, Gate 1
Women workers of the electronics factory Lakepower Converter Inc. in the Cavite Economic Zone are leading a protest tomorrow against company abuses. Among their 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 cases of workers suffering from urinary tract infection. The dispute over the restroom is just the tip of the iceberg of worker grievances at Lakepower.
The picket on Thursday is the third protest at the Cavite ecozone over the last month. Earlier, garments workers held protest actions against “factory shutdown cum union busting.” After two protests and a strike threat, the union leaders at the garments factory Sein Together Phils. Inc. were eventually accepted back to work.
Aside from the dispute over the women’s restroom, workers are also complaining of excessive quota, discrimination against unionists resulting in suspensions and their exclusion from receiving a Christmas package.
The groups are calling on the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority to intervene. Workers are unionizing to improve their working conditions but are being met by extreme interference from capitalists unwilling to share the fruits of production.
The picket also coincides with a “Global Day of Action against Union Repression” to be participated in by workers in Australia, Asia and North America.