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“Massacre of jobs continues” – PAMANTIK KMU

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					                   TAGAPAMANDILA NG TUNAY, MILITANTE AT ANTI-IMPERYALISTANG UNYONISMO

                                                                   409 Jade St., Shineland Village,
                                                                   Barangay Sala, Cabuyao,
                                                                   Laguna, Philippines
                                                                   tel no: 049.8311447
                                                                   email: granahe@yahoo.com
Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan • Kilusang Mayo Uno
(Solidarity of Workers in Southern Tagalog • May First Movement)

NEWS
31 January 2009

Reference:      Romeo Legaspi
                Chairperson
                Mobile No. +63.9087035358

“Massacre of jobs, continues” – PAMANTIK-KMU
 
Evidenced in the recent data gathered by Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan
(PAMANTIK-KMU or Solidarity of Workers in Southern Tagalog), the “massacre of jobs”
continues, especially in the electronics industry.

As of January, EDS Manufacturing Inc. (EMI-Yazaki) in Imus, Cavite slashed its 1,500
contractual workers while the management implemented 3-day reduced work for the
remaining 4,400 regular workers.

The management of Integrated Microelectronics Incorporated (IMI) in Laguna Technopark
Incorporated (LTI) in Binan, Laguna frequently announced in shift meetings, but without a
formal memorandum, laying off 7,000 regulars out of its 17,000 work force. The management
now targets to terminate 500 workers daily after its initial 400 daily target since January 23.

Fujitsu Ten in Canlubang, Laguna offers voluntary resignation to 1,750 out of its 5,000 regular
workers. Should it not be met, the management will continue the layoff through performance
evaluation.

Hoya Glassdisk Philippines in LTI laid off more than 800 workers in January. Before their
termination, the workers had been employed as contractuals ranging from 3 months to 4 years.

More than 200 teary-eyed contractual women workers of Zirtex, another electronics company in
LTI, were surprised to report for work one morning last week. Without prior notice,
management personnel told them to board their shuttle bus as they were already laid off from
work.

Just today, women workers from Testech Incorporated complained to PAMANTIK after
receiving memoranda of “temporarily termination” effective January 16. In November and
December 2008, the management of Testech filed to DoLE the permanent termination of about
137 regular and contractual workers. Testech is located in Calamba Premiere Industrial Park,
Calamba City, Laguna.

Teody Santos, a worker of Daiho Philippines, reported that their company president Hatsuda
Katsutoshi announced voluntary separation to more than 500 workers in LTI and in Lima
Technology Center in Lipa, Batangas on January 29.

Jumping on to the bandwagon

Santos said, “The Japanese president made basis of the global financial crisis for laying off the
workers after we formally registered our union. We formed the union, as a right guaranteed by
the Philippine Constitution, to primarily secure our employment.”
Santos added that the company filed to the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) in Calamba City on
January 26 a shutdown notice which effects on January 29 till February 1. BLR approved the
union registration on January 22.

“The shutdown, affecting 140 workers, is a possible prelude to layoff. Technically speaking, the
company should have filed a month before the actual shutdown. We are just wondering how
the BLR looked into this matter. We believe the global financial crisis excuse was used in time
to bust the union and layoff the workers,” said Santos.

Also, since December, more than 32 contractual workers were dismissed from work without
any memorandum or notice in Sanyo Plastic Philippines Incorporated, makers of plastic auto
parts such as car speedometers and dashboards in LTI. The management told the workers that
their dismissal was due to financial crisis. However, workers claimed that the company hires
new employees and the human resources personnel told them to train the newly hired 2 days
before the effectivity of their dismissal.

Fatal prescriptions

PAMANTIK-KMU lashed on the Makati Business Club’s proposal to cut workers’ wages and
DoLE’s advisory to employers for flexible work arrangements as alternatives to mass layoffs.

According to PAMANTIK-KMU Chairman Romeo Legaspi, “The MBC’s and DoLE’s proposals
are fatal prescriptions to the ever-worsening conditions of workers. They only provide
medications to this crisis to favor the employers at the expense of labor.”

As of September 2008, DoLE’s Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)
implemented the minimum wage in CALABARZON (Region IV-A) ranges from P236 to P320
for the non-agricultural sector. For a family with 6 members, the Family Living Wage in the
region is pegged to P809.

Legaspi added, “How can the workers cope with the soaring prices of basic needs when you
take a chunk from the already meagre wage they get? And if you reduce the working days to,
let’s say, 3 days a week, will this mean that the workers and their families should not eat and
live in the remaining 4 days of the week?”

“The government cannot be serious in addressing the alarming rate of mass layoffs if it does not
decisively severe ties with monopoly capitalism which created this global financial crisis.
Efforts for national industrialization should be the cornerstone to establish a genuine concern
for the Filipino working class,” concluded Legaspi.###

				
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