Management suspended for 30 days last week all 16 union officers of a garments factory in the Cavite economic zone. The mass suspension of unionists was a escalation of the union busting schemes of the Korean-owned garments firm Dong Seung Inc. Dong Seung supplies to global garments brands Macy's and Ann Taylor.
The union filed a case for union busting and mediation was scheduled last March 26. The dismissed unionists and their supporters marched inside the economic zone last March 21, the day after their suspension. A rally was also held by the workers of Dong Seung at the national office of the Labor Department yesterday.
The mass suspension follows on the heels of harassment of workers who joined or are supporting the union. Unionists were deprived of availing loans or were forced to withdraw support in return for access to loans. Union leaders were transferred to different production lines and a union officer was demoted from mechanic to sewer.