TANGGULAN, UGNAYAN AT DALUYANG LAKAS NG ANAKPAWIS SA TANDUAY DISTILLERY, INC. (TUDLA)
Workers on strike in Tanduay Distillery, Inc. (TDI), under the Tanggulan, Ugnayan at Daluyang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillery, Inc. (TUDLA) received last week the decision from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Office of the Secretary (OS) affirming the earlier decision by DoLE Region IV-A.
In an 11-page document, the OS revisited and reexamined its dismissal of the Appeal and Motion to Dismiss filed by the TDI, and the Motion for Reconsideration filed by both Global Skills Providers and HD Manpower Service Cooperative in separate documents. Last June 22, DoLE RIVA issued an order that directed TDI to regularize the contractual workers who are on strike.
In its Motion for reconsideration, TDI argued that the work assignment of the striking workers were on a contractual basis and are not necessary and desirable on the operation of the company, such as janitorial and maintenance work. However, the OS debunked this with the fact that the workers had job designations essential and central to TDI’s operations, and have been working in the company for as long as five to ten years.
TUDLA Chairperson Anse Are said, “The dismissal of the appeal and motions of TDI and the labor-only contractors only affirmed our right to regular jobs. Our principled and united stand has proven that only through vigilance, solidarity, and consistent collective action can we push government agencies such DoLE to really expose the truth.”
Also, in the recent OS decision, it deleted “the directive to pay Global Pro and HD Manpower the amount of Php7,488,968.90 and Php1,843,688.00 respectively for underpayment of the ten percent (10%) standard administrative fees prescribed by the Department Order No. 18-A, Series of 2011.” Both agencies were identified as labor only contractors, which is against the department order.
As of press time, TDI has not acted or responded to the OS decision with regards to the regularization of the striking workers.
“We will continue and intensify our next protest actions to push TDI to execute the decision. During the 11th Congress of Kilusang Mayo Uno held August 27-29 at Tagaytay City, delegates from all over the Philippines unanimously passed a resolution supporting the campaign to temporarily boycott all Tanduay products while the workers are on strike.” Are said.
“This only shows that our resolve for better working conditions may be asserted; and we will no longer agree to modern-day slavery through the contractualization scheme,” the union leader ended. #