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Advisory: Series of protests against mass layoff at Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco Corp.

Media Advisory
August 13, 2018
Partido Manggagawa
Contact Rene Magtubo @ 09178532905

What: Picket Protests
When: Today 1:00 pm and 10:00 pm Aug 13; 6:00 am tomorrow
Where: Parang, Marikina factory

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.

Photos of initial mass meeting and protests at

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