Hoya workers insist at conciliation hearing: ‘closure was illegal’

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May 15, 2014                                                    References:

NEWS RELEASE                                              Ian Chu Ordoño, President, KASAMA sa HOGP-Ind, 0921-476-2893

                                                                         Wenecito Urgel, Secretary General, PAMANTIK, 0920-416-1829

Calamba, Laguna – The Hoya Glass Disk Philippines, through its representative Atty. Jojie Alonzo, insisted the company’s closure yesterday during the 3rd hearing at the National Mediation and Conciliation Board (NCMB). The main agendum, as proposed by the Kalipunan at Saligan ng Manggagawa sa Hoya Glass Disk Philippines – Independent (KASAMA sa HOGP – Ind), is their demand for the company to present a certification regarding the said closure. The company, without prior notification to its 2,600 workers, stopped its operations last April 30.

 However, Atty. Alonzo only presented a document they filed to Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). The paper states that all three plants – Plant 1 at LTI Laguna, Plant 2 at FPIP Batangas, and Plant 3 at FCIE Cavite – ‘shall cease operations’ on May 31, 2014 except for Plant 3, which will be on May 17. It cited a ‘shrinking laptop market’ and ‘stiff competition with China’ as the main reasons for ‘business closure’.

 “Apparently, the company did not present us any written proof of closure. It only provided us with a document that has inconsistent statement and reasons. The cessation of operations is clearly different from permanent company closure or shutdown. When a company just ceases operations, it still exists.” Ian Chu Ordoño, KASAMA sa HOGP-Ind said.        

 Meanwhile, “Urgent Hiring” flyers reached the hands of illegally dismissed workers. The flyers advertised the need for specific job positions for certain companies, including Hoya. This negates the company’s statement regarding its closure. Also, it supports the claim of the newly registered union that union busting is the sole reason for the company’s cessation of operations.

 “Ibinigay ko ang panahon at dedikasyon sa trabaho. Hindi ako uma-absent. Tapos biglang magsasara. Hindi ako maghahanap ng trabaho dahil iligal ang ginawa ng Hoya, kahit tumagal ng ilang taon ang laban. [I gave time and dedication to my job. I never skipped work. Then, the company suddenly closed. I will not look for another job because what the company did was illegal—even if the fight takes several years.)” One of the workers said.

 Other unions under PAMANTIK vowed to support the Hoya workers’ fight. Hermenegildo Marasigan, PAMANTIK Spokesperson said, “We stand firm that what Hoya did is a lambasting of the right to organize. It is part of the systematic union busting done in by foreign capitalists in the region, with the Department of Labor and Employment’s consent. At the regional level, Hoya is a notorious union-buster. It is known for the illegal dismissal of union leaders and the capitalist’s refusal to bargain in Thailand. Schemes like this further drives us to continue the fight because we know we are right. We shall unite with workers all over the world to end capitalist greed!” ###  

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