“Tame your greed. Regularize contractual workers and stop hiring goons to brutally disperse a legitimate strike.”
This was the statement of workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) who took to the Champion detergent’s main office their anger over the recent bloody dispersal of the local union’s strike.
Champion is the main product of Peerless Manufacturing Inc. (Pepmaco) which uses widespread contractualization and which acted in retaliation to the workers’ strike with an illegal and brutal dispersal.
“Champion practices widespread contractualization and uses physical violence to suppress workers’ rights,” said KMU secretary-general Jerome Adonis.
The group said that the company is accountable for gross labor laws violations. While workers were sleeping at the picketline on June 28, goons hired by the company attacked the workers. The workers were beaten up at the gates of the Pepmaco Canlubang plant. More than a dozen were taken to the hospital.
Yesterday, representatives from the Makabayan Bloc filed House Resolution Nos. 27, 28 and 29. The resolutions filed call for a House inquiry on the labor-only contracting scheme of Pepmaco which covers more than 500 workers, the violations on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), and the violent dispersal conducted on June 28.
“We also ask our fellow workers and their families to boycott Champion and all of Pepmaco’s products until they tame their greed and sit at the table with our union to peacefully address legitimate workers’ demand for regularization,” said Adonis.
Reference: Jerome Adonis, secretary-general