Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Advisory: Mediation re Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco dispute

Media Advisory
August 15, 2018
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Rene Magtubo @ 09178532905

DOLE-NCMB to mediate dispute at Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corp.

What: Protest during mediation meeting
When: Today,  August 15, 1:00 pm 
Where: NCMB office Intramuros, Manila

The scheduled  mediation meeting between management and the union of Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco was moved to 2:00 pm today. The planned picket protest by workers has thus been reset to 1:00 pm today. 

The leading cigarette manufacturer shutdown its Vigan, Ilocos Sur redrying plant affecting 90 workers and also laid off 220 workers (1/3 of some 600 workforce) at Marikina factory last week.

In response the union filed notice of strike last Thursday and started protests.

Management alleges "rightsizing" is due to forthcoming impact of TRAIN and other factors. Union avers shutdown and layoff is attended by bad faith and deceit as the basis and terms of the shutdown and layoff were not subject to negotiation.

Moreover management admitted that the company is profitable and workers have achieved the target key performance indicators. Thus the union is lambasting management for termination as a "reward" for labor productivity.

Some P2.35B or 65% of the P 3.63B total income of the Lucio Tan Group for the first quarter of this year came from its tobacco business.

Photos of workers' protests at https://www.facebook.com/zpipsamonte/

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