October 29, 2018
Contact Rey Almendras @ 09430776045
Rene Magtubo @ 09178532905
The DOLE is convening the management and union of the strikebound Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. (PMFTC) this morning. The mediation is set at 10:00 am today at DOLE Intramuros. Previous mediation meetings have been held in Marikina.
The month-long strike at the cigarette giant has cost the company around four billion in lost production. The strike started last September 28.
Yesterday the workers held a family day with kids watching a film at the picketline and sharing loot bags from union and student supporters. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo also held a mass yesterday at the picketline.
Workers unrest is rising with a series of labor strikes in recent months and the strike at the leading cigarette firm is the biggest to date. PMFTC workers have set up picketlines in its Marikina and Vigan factories.
Photos of the family day and other strike activities can be accessed at PMFTCLU’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.