By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “In the name of development, the nexus of state and TNCs (transnational corporations) has dispossessed people of their lands, resources and rights, captivating the whole island and enslaving people in TNC-led plantations and mines. The original masters of the land have become slaves in their own lands, made to work till death and earning a pittance. The loot is taken out by the TNCs in the form of profits whereas local communities get nothing as they witness their wealth……Read More
NEWS RELEASE 22 February 2011 Labor NGO Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Inc. (EILER) expressed alarm over food giant Dole Philippines’ brazen harassment of a militant union amid the ongoing union election today as the company has brought in truckloads of armed men in the workplace. The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, an NGO formed during the Marcos years, said the current highly militarized situation of Dole Philippines in South Cotabato “is reminiscent of the martial-law type repression which barred democratic activities of unions then.” Disclaimer…Read More
By MARYA SALAMAT
Today, Feb. 22, the workers at the largest plantation and cannery in the Philippines will hold a union election. The incumbent KMU-affiliated union, Amado-Kadena, is fighting to retain its dominance even as Dole Philippines uses a pro-management faction of the union against it while the US company, its allies and the military vilify and harass the union’s members and officers.
President Aquino urged to show teeth in enforcing rulings that hurt big firms Filipino workers from the world’s largest fruit and vegetable producer launched today a series of protests to pressure the company to abide by a Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) directive to recognize the legitimacy of the workers’ union officials and stop measures to quash the union. Led by labor union Asosasyon sa mga Mamumuo sa Dole Alang sa Kalinaw ug Demokratikong Nasud or Amado-Kadena, a member of the National Federation of Labor Unions-KMU (Naflu-KMU), about 500 workers…Read More
By MARYA SALAMAT
Workers from Dole Philippines’s union have been staging weekly protests to demand that the company “stop interfering in union matters and to stop violating its collective bargaining agreement with its workers.”
Media Release 19 February 2010 Consistent with the government-capitalist framework of crippling workers’ unions, food giant Dole Philippines operating in South Cotabato is once again using a fake employees’ organization to divide the ranks of workers and kick out union leaders who are asserting workers’ rights. UR-Dole, the company-backed organization of employees, has called for a general assembly of workers in an effort to gather an impeach vote against union leaders of Amado Kadena , the 5,000-strong union under the National Federation of Workers Union-KMU (NAFLU-KMU). Disclaimer | What you…Read More